Bush Condemns Attacks, Offers Assistance

U.S. President George Bush condemned the Sinai attacks in a statement published Friday, praising Israeli-Egyptian cooperation on rescue efforts, and offering the Egyptian government assistance in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Secretary of State Colin Powel phoned his Israeli counterpart, Silvan Shalom, to convey his condolences. Two staff members of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv were among the wounded in Taba. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry also expressed his condolences in a special announcement and condemned the attacks, which he said "only strengthen our resolve to fight terror."