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Blast Rocks Israeli Hotel in Kenya

November 28, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ An explosion went off Thursday in the lobby of a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, where many Israelis were staying, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said. Israeli hotel guests said there were casualties, including wounded children.

At about the same time, two missiles were fired toward an Israeli aircraft that had just taken off from Mombasa airport, said Ron Prosor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. The aircraft was not hit and continued toward Israel.

The aircraft belonged to the Arkia charter company. A company official, Shlomo Hanael, said the company was still investigating whether missiles were fired toward the aircraft. He said the pilot saw a flash of light.

The explosion went off in the lobby of the Paradise Hotel in Mombassa at about 7 a.m., Prosor said. The hotel is Israeli-owned, Israeli TV reports said.

``I heard a loud explosion,″ an Israeli hotel guest, identified only as Rami, told Israel TV’s Channel Two. Another guest, Osnat, said there were wounded, including a number of children. Some of the wounded were taken to a nearby small hospital.

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