Israeli Bulldozers Roll

Into Gaza Refugee Camp

GAZA -- Israeli tanks and bulldozers rolled into a Gaza refugee camp early Thursday, forcing hundreds of Palestinians out of their homes, a day after Islamic militants killed 16 Israelis in twin bus bombings.

The raid at the Khan Younis refugee camp, a frequent scene of Israeli incursions, was one of the biggest Israel has launched in weeks. It took place a day after members of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, killed 16 Israelis in twin bus bombings in the southern town of Beersheba.

Witnesses said about 20 Israeli tanks and military vehicles rolled into the camp in what military sources said was an operation to target militants. Helicopters fired missiles into the camp, wounding six Palestinians, including gunmen.

EUROPE

* THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- A Yugoslav war crimes tribunal acquitted a Bosnian Serb leader of genocide, while former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic told a separate panel that the charges against him are "empty words" and a "mutilation of justice."

The verdict in the five-year trial of Radislav Brdjanin, wartime leader of the autonomous Krajina region of Bosnia, should encourage Milosevic, who launched his defense this week against charges of genocide and more than 60 other counts of war crimes.

Brdjanin, 56, a powerful Serb figure at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992, was convicted on eight of 12 charges and sentenced to 32 years.

* GUZELYURT/MORPHOU, Cyprus -- About 2,000 Greek Cypriots packed an Orthodox church in the Turkish Cypriot north for the first time in decades to pray for peace on their divided island.

Turkish Cypriots staged a peace rally in the town, known to Greek Cypriots as Morphou and to Turkish Cypriots as Guzelyurt.

* GLASGOW, Scotland -- An Air Malta airplane carrying 143 passengers and crew made an emergency landing at Glasgow Airport after a tire blew, an official said.

the MIDDLE EAST

* JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Three men were trampled to death in a rush to claim vouchers at the first Ikea furniture showroom in Saudi Arabia, hospital officials said.

Sixteen shoppers were injured at the Sweden-based furniture store opening in Jiddah. Medics revived some 20 customers who had fainted in the crush. Ikea said two were killed.

The rush was triggered by an offer for the first 50 shoppers to receive $150 in vouchers. An Ikea statement said more than 20,000 people showed up. Hospital officials said two of the dead were a Pakistani and a Saudi.

THE AMERICAS

* CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- The mothers of 30 Mexican women slain in a gruesome spate of killings in an industrial city on the U.S. border will receive houses next week as part of a state compensation program, an official said.

Police said 340 women, many of them working mothers with dependent families, were strangled, stabbed and beaten to death in Ciudad Juarez, over the Rio Grande from El Paso, Tex.

-- From News Services