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Bush Deplores Attack on Israelis in Kenya

President Bush has deplored the attack on Israeli tourists in Kenya. A group calling itself The Army of Palestine claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe says President Bush deplores the violence in Kenya's coastal resort of Mombassa, but says it is premature to conclude that it was the work of al-Qaida terrorists.

Mr. Johndroe says the United States is ready to help both Kenyan and Israeli security forces track down those responsible for Thursday's violence. Israeli tourists were attacked as they checked into their hotel. An Israeli jet narrowly escaped a simultaneous missile attack, as it took off from Mombassa's airport.

President Bush is at his Texas ranch for the Thanksgiving holiday, but he discussed the attacks with his national security advisor Condoleezza Rice.

Al-Qaida terrorists are thought responsible for the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The Palestinian group that claimed responsibility for Thursday's violence said it was meant to highlight the cause of Palestinian refugees.