A mounting death toll, worsened Thursday by a series of raids on Palestinian refugee camps and suicide bombings, is raising questions about the leadership of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Israel attacks killed at least 19 Palestinians Monday, after a Palestinian suicide bomber and gunmen killed 22 Israelis over the weekend.
A series of sniper attacks and a suicide bombing left more than 21 Israelis dead within 24 hours as military forces attempted to respond to continued Palestinian violence.
Israeli troops continued their assault on a refugee camp Friday, killing at least six Palestinians and wounding 38, Palestinian officials said.
The Israeli government said Sunday it would ease the military cordon on Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat's compound, but continue to limit his movement to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Israel Wednesday bombarded a series of Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, killing at least 16 Palestinians.
Israeli warplanes pounded Palestinian targets Tuesday in response to a string of deadly attacks by Palestinian militants.
Israeli warplanes Monday attacked a Palestinian security headquarters for the second time in two days, responding to the deaths of two Israeli soldiers and the launch of a rocket by Palestinian extremists.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has called for war against Israeli soldiers and settlers after Israeli commandos killed four of the militant group's members at a West Bank hideout.
Israel cut ties with Yasser Arafat Wednesday, saying the Palestinian leader is "directly responsible" for a deadly attack on an Israeli bus that killed 10 people and injured more than 30 others.
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