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Bin Laden death news spreads

posted 2 May 2011, 10:17 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 2 May 2011, 10:19 ]
Joy and anger as Mideast reacts to death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
VARIOUS-MORE MIDEAST STREET REAX - Israeli officials celebrate news of Osama Bin Laden's death in a firefight with U.S. allies.

Jerusalem residents echo the sentiments, but say the fight against fundamentalists is far from over.

YORAM, A JERUSALEM RESIDENT

"I think it's wonderful finally that they caught him. Ten years is long enough, it took them long enough to get to him. I'm very happy about it."

SARAH, A JERUSALEM RESIDENT

"I don't think it stops with the death of Osama Bin Laden. He already sent out his minions to do more harm and the world needs to be on its guard."

But residents on the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank expressed their disbelief and anger.

Palestinians living in Lebanon shared similar views, also describing the late al-Qaeda leader as a martyr.

ZAKARIA, PALESTINIAN REFUGEE

''It was an honourable martyrdom for the Arab nation, everyone who used to speak against him from the White House and say he is a terrorist, he is the most honourable person. We will see in the coming days who will have the last laugh."

Lebanese citizens were more critical of Bin Laden and his role in plotting attacks on the U.S. and inciting a jihad.

AHMAD, LEBANESE RESIDENT

"Bin Laden was a personality that harmed Islam, it gave Islam an image of terrorism and Islam isn't related to terrorism, Islam has civilised people unlike the way it's depicted. It's a good thing (that Bin Laden is killed) and this should have happened a long time ago."

There were similarly mixed reactions in the kingdom of Jordan.

Bin Laden remains a controversial figure in the Muslim world with some believing he was the only Muslim challenging the U.S., which went to war in Muslim nations Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jessica Gray, Reuters

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