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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28,2006 iNTEMUKnONAL THE HAYS DAILY NEWS A9 Israeli military pressures Palestinians By IBRAHIM BARZAK ASSOCIATED PRESS RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israel turned up the pressure on Palestinian militants to release a captive soldier today, sending its warplanes to bomb a Hamas training camp after knocking out electricity and water supplies for most of the 1.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip. The Hamas-led Palestinian government called for a prisoner swap with Israel, saying the Gaza offensive would not secure the soldier's release. Hamas-affiliated militants holding the hostage previously made that demand, but this was the first time the government did. Palestinians dug in behind walls and embankments, preparing for a major strike after Israel sent in troops and tanks and bombarded bridges and a power station. Warplanes fired missiles in northern and souther Gaza. No casualties have been reported since the offensive began early today. Residents of northern Gaza, preparing for what they feared could be a long military operation, stocked up on food, candles and batteries for radios as a minister warned of a "humanitarian crisis." It was Israel's first ground offensive since pulling its soldiers and settlers out of Gaza last sum- mer. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel would not balk at "extreme action" to bring Cpl. Gilad Shalit, 19, home but did not Intend to reoccupy Gaza. Palestinian President Man- moud Abbas deplored the incursion as a "crime against humanity," and a leading Hamas politician issued a call to arms against the Israeli troops. Meanwhile, concerns about the fate of a missing West Bank settler grew after militants claiming to hold him displayed what they said was a copy of his identification card. Israeli tanks and soldiers began taking up positions east of Rafah overnight under cover of tank shells, witnesses and Palestinian security officials said. Capt. Jacob Dallal, a military spokesman, said troops moved a mile inside the coastal strip, Israeli warplanes fired at least nine missiles at Gaza's only power station, cutting electricity to 65 percent of the Gaza Strip, engineers at the station said. The station's three functioning turbines and a gasoline reservoir were engulfed in flames. Wasfi Kabha, the Palestinian minister of prisoner affairs, said the Israeli attacks were creating a "humanitarian crisis." "They hit the bridges, they hit the power station, so there will be a problem in water supply and health services," he told the HATEM OMAR / Associated Press Palestinian militants prepare an explosive device Tuesday with a gas tank In preparation for a possible Israeli army ground operation In the Khan Younls refugee camp In southern Gaza Strip. missiles at open fields in northern and southern Gaza in a show of force, the military said. Two of the missiles hit empty Hamas training camps in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Separately, Israel attacked a rocket- making factory hi southern Gaza. "We won't hesitate to carry out extreme action to bring Gilad back to his family," Olmert said. "All the military activity that started overnight will continue in the coming days. "We do not intend to reoccupy Gaza. We have one objective, and that is to bring Gilad home." British Broadcasting Corp. The Israeli military said in a statement that three bridges were attacked "to impair the ability of the terrorists to transfer the kidnapped soldier." Knocking down the bridges cut Gaza in two, Palestinian security officials said. Witnesses reported heavy artillery shelling near the long- closed Gaza airport outside of Rafah, just over the border with Israel. Warplanes flew low over the strip, rocking it with sonic booms and shattering windows. Fighter jets repeatedly fired WTO director says leaders face 'moment of truth' GENEVA (AP) — The EU, U.S. and leading developing countries need to make difficult concessions this week on opening up their markets or risk the possible collapse of the WTO's five-year global trade talks, the commerce body's top official said today Director- General Pascal Lamy used the strongest language yet in de- scribing.a .ar.i meeting start-' ing Thursday in Geneva of ministers from over 60 countries, saying that postponing decisions could wreck the talks. Lamy called it "a moment of truth" in the long-struggling Doha round of commerce liberalization negotiations, which the World Trade Organization says could add billions of dollars (euros) to the global economy and lift millions of people out of poverty. "Postponing decisions on the cuts to subsidies and tariffs until later in the year is a recipe for failure," Lamy told reporters. The four days of scheduled negotiations is the largest WTO gathering since a failed conference in Hong Kong in December. The ministers are mandated to hammer out long-standing differences on the sensitive issue of opening up their markets to farm and manufacturing imports. The complex talks, already two years behind schedule, have stalled as poorer countries demand the 25-nation European Union and the United States offer greater cutbacks in support for American and European farmers. The U.S. and EU in turn want major developing countries like Brazil and India to allow more foreign competition for their industries and services. Sniping between the EU and U.S. has also held up progress. i; "We need/ministers to crack the nut nowi and not later," Lamy said. Lamy, a former EU trade chief, urged Brussels to offer steeper cuts in its farm tariffs, a sensitive issue in many European countries such as his native France. He also said Washington's offer on cutting permitted levels of government handouts to its farmers, as well as leading developing countries' proposals on manufactured goods, needed to be "topped up." "The question is now not whether the numbers have to result in real cuts, not whether the • numbers have to result in new trade flows, but how much," he said. "It would be a disaster not just for world trade," said British Prime Minister Tony Blair 0 , "but also for the whole multilateral system if the WTO goes down." Putin orders Russian special forces to hunt down hostage-killers in Iraq MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin today ordered Russia's special services to hunt down and "destroy" the killers of four Russian diplomats in Iraq, the Kremlin said. Nikolai Patrushev, the head of the Federal Security Service — the main successor to the Soviet KGB — later said that everything would be done to ensure that the killers "do not escape from responsibility," the Interfax news agency reported. "The president has ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and de- t stroy the 1 criminals Who kilted Russian diplomats in Iraq," the Kremlin press service said in a brief statement. It did not specify what special forces might be involved. Agents of the Foreign Intelligence Service and the Federal Security Service could be considered special forces. The order followed Monday's confirmation by the Foreign Ministry that four Russians Embassy workers who were abducted in early June had been killed. Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Krivtsov declined to say whether any Russian special forces currently were in Iraq but noted that there are "people responsible for security at the embassy" in Baghdad. Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent defense analysts, told The Associated Press that "We don't have real special forces in Iraq." Putin also said Russia "will be grateful to all its friends for any information on the criminals," the Kremlin said. The lower house of the Russian parliament passed a statement earlier Wednesday that decried the murders and said that "occupying" countries are losing -'-'^- 11 """" 1 Russia has strongly opposed the U.S.-led military campaign in Iraq. The statement by the State Duma "deplores the death of our compatriots... expresses profound indignation over the fact of their brutal murder and strongly denounces the criminals who committed that heinous crime." It said the abduction and killing were possible because "of the deepening crisis in Iraq, while the occupying countries are losing control over the situation, and terror and violence are becoming the order of the day in that country." Amnesty to exclude those who kill U,S, forces or Iraqis BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's prime minister said today that several insurgent groups have shown a willingness for reconciliation, but any amnesty for insurgents would exclude militants who killed American forces or Iraqis. Prime Minister Nouri-al-Maliki said several insurgent groups have contacted his office since he unveiled his 24-point national reconciliation plan on Sunday. "Many contacts have been made since the initiative was declared," al-Maliki said on national television. "We are still waiting to meet directly with these groups and speak with them in order to bring them to the political process." Al-Maliki also made clear his call for an amnesty for militants would not Include those who killed U.S. forces or Iraqis. "Any amnesty for insurgents will exclude fighters who killed Iraqis or soldiers of the multinational forces because these troops came to Iraq according to international agreements and they are contributing in making the political process successful," he said. The plan introduced Sunday, which will be debated in parliament, called for amnesty for militants, except those who had killed Iraqis, were involved in terrorism, or committed crimes against humanity. It was thought to have denied amnesty to any insurgent who had killed American forces, although the wording was vague, raising concerns in the United States. "Those who commit such crimes will stand trial because the aim of killing Iraqis or foreign soldiers is to frustrate democracy and.the political process," al-Maliki said. Iraqis capture man wanted in Samarra shrine bombing BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces captured a key al-Qaida suspect wanted in the bombing of a Shiite shrine, but the mastermind of the attack that brought the country to the brink of civil war was still at large, a top security official said today. Yousri Fakher Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian also know as Abu Qudama, was captured after bei ing seriously wounded in a clash with security forces north of Baghdad a few days ago in which 15 other foreign fighters were killed, National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie said. He also identified the fugitive 806'* Answer to Tuesday's Bob's Big Bucks Puzzle That Larks' made showed UP once atiain. Look for another exciting puzzle in next Tuesday s edition of The Hays Daily News. 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Since then, more than 20,000 families were displaced, hundreds of civilians were killed, and dozens of Sunni and Shiite mosques were damaged or destroyed. The mosque attack was staged "in order to ignite sectarian strife among the Iraqi people," al- Rubaie said. Belgian authorities find bodies of two missing girls LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — The bodies of two Belgian schoolgirls missing for nearly three weeks were found today in a storm drain along railroad tracks, a few hundreds yards 'from where they were last seen alive at an outdoor party. Prosecutors said the girls were murdered. The disappearances of the stepsisters — 7-year-old Stacy Lemmens and 10-year-old Nathalie Mahy — has shocked Belgium, and police have charged a convicted child rapist in their June 10 abduction. The remains were found hidden in a storm drain among dense undergrowth beside a railroad track, less than 500 yards from the cafe in the eastern city of Liege where they were last seen alive during a late-night street party. Police first found Stacy's body in the tall grass, prosecutors said. Nathalie's body was found about 10 yards away. The suspect in their disappearance, 39-year-old Abdallah Aid Oud, was the boyfriend of a waitress in the cafe, and police say he • was seen in the area shortly before the girls vanished. He was released in December after serv- i ing a second sentence for raping . a minor. He turned himself in June 13 ! to face charges in the case. He has denied any involvement. Liege Prosecutor Cedric Visart de Bocarme said the questioning of Aid Oud had not helped police find the bodies. -M * * * *— LA CROSSE LIVESTOCK MARKET LA CROSSE, KANSAS 67548 FRANK SEIDEL 785-222-2586 or 785-650-4919 Check our Web page for updates! 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