Missiles fired just meters away from Yasser Arafat's office in Ramallah, where he had talks with EU envoy. Neither Arafat nor EU ambassador were injured.
In Bethlehem, missiles destroyed a building housing a security headquarters and military medical hospital. No casualties were immediately reported.
50 Israeli tanks supported by military helicopters entered the Palestinian city of Tulkarm and encircled the refugee camp of Nur el Nam.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.