Pope Calls For Truce in Gaza Strip

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict is urging an end to what he
calls the "tragic succession of attacks and retaliation" in the
Holy Land.

Israeli warplanes dropped bombs and missiles Sunday on dozens of
targets across the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in retaliation for missile attacks against Israel.

Benedict told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square he feels sorrow for "the dead, wounded, property damage, suffering and tears of the populations who are victims" of the ongoing violence.

He said, "The homeland of Jesus cannot continue to be witness to so much bloodshed."

Benedict is expected to visit the Holy Land in May.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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