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Israeli-Palestinian tensions near snap point

The explosion of a car bomb Sept. 17 in the southern Lebanese port of Sidon, killing 17 people and injuring 80, is renewing concern in the Mideast that the 7 -week-old cease-fire that stopped Palestinian-Israeli fighting is near the breaking point, reports Monitor correspondent John Yemma.

Although the Palestinian and leftist Lebanese joint command -- outside whose offices the bomb went off -- blamed Israel, Mideast analysts saw it as more likely the work of anti-Palestinian Lebanese, possibly connected with the Lebanese Phalangists. This is because the easiest route into Sidon would have been from the north rather than through United Nations checkpoints from Israel.

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Still, the Palestinian-leftist Lebanese charge against Israel is another in a series of charges and countercharges of cease-fire violations.

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