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2005-09-14 05:49:34

By Nidal al-Mughrabi NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Palestinian security forces took control in abandoned Jewish settlements in Gaza on Wednesday, ending two days of anarchy following Israel's withdrawal from the territory. Security sources said Palestinian and Egyptian police halted a deluge of travellers over the nearby border with Egypt that Israel condemned, saying Gaza militants opposed to peace efforts could exploit the disorder to smuggle in weaponry. The former Gush...

2005-09-11 20:05:20

By Nidal al-Mughrabi NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli forces pulled out of the Gaza Strip on Monday after 38 years of occupation and joyful Palestinians charged into the ruins of former settlements, waving flags and firing in the air. Attacking symbols of the hated Israeli presence, youths smashed up and set ablaze at least two of the synagogues left behind in the 21 evacuated enclaves, the first settlements Israel has abandoned on land the Palestinians want for a state....

2005-09-11 17:48:23

By Nidal al-Mughrabi KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops began their final pullout from the Gaza Strip on Monday to hand the territory to the Palestinians after 38 years of occupation. A vanguard of Palestinian security forces moved into the ruins of some of Gaza's 21 former Jewish enclaves, the first settlements that Israel has abandoned on territory that Palestinians want for a state. The army issued a final order to withdraw from Gaza after midnight to complete...

2005-09-05 08:09:29

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's army drove Palestinian security commanders through the rubble of demolished Gaza settlements on Monday in a rare show of cooperation before handing them over next week. The tour, the first glimpse Palestinian officials have had inside the razed settlements, was meant to let Palestinian security forces plan an orderly deployment after the Israeli military pulls out, Israeli security sources said. Israel evacuated all 8,500 Jewish...

2005-08-27 17:49:06

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's army will dig up the remains of 48 Jews buried in Gaza on Sunday for reburial in Israel in the next stage of a withdrawal from the occupied territory, a statement from the military said Saturday. Under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to "disengage" from conflict with Palestinians, Israel has removed 9,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements, territories occupied 38 years ago where Palestinians want a state. Israel plans next...

2005-08-22 11:01:47

By Dan Williams HOMESH, West Bank (Reuters) - If there was one name more cursed than that of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a West Bank Jewish settlement earmarked for evacuation this week, it was that of Israel's riot police. "What Hitler Didn't Do, the YASAM Does!" blared a slogan daubed on one of a dozen barricaded villas in Homesh on Monday, using the acronym of the crack unit that dislodged radical Jewish youths resisting evacuation from occupied Gaza last week. Most Israelis...

2005-08-22 11:08:53

By Dean Yates NETZARIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israel said it completed the evacuation of all 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip on Monday. "Except for two families now in (the settlement of) Netzarim, and who will be evacuated imminently, we have today completed the evacuation of the Israeli (settler) presence in the Gaza Strip," Major-General Dan Harel told reporters. But in the West Bank, radicals opposed to ceding settlements dug in for a last stand at two enclaves that...

2005-08-22 03:44:00

By Dean Yates NETZARIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops marched unopposed into the Gaza Strip's last Jewish settlement of Netzarim on Monday to complete the evacuation of the territory after nearly four decades of occupation. But in the West Bank, radicals opposed to ceding settlements on any land that Palestinians seek for a state dug in for a last stand at two enclaves that are also due to be removed under Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's pullout plan. There was no...

2005-08-21 18:24:59

By Mohammed Assadi ABU HOLY CHECKPOINT, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Tawfiq al-Balawi stretched out on a blanket laid in the road beside his truck and propped his head up to sip tea, killing time until Israel soldiers reopened the main checkpoint in central Gaza. Palestinians like al-Balawi hope that years of delays at the Abu Holy Checkpoint on Gaza's main north-south road will soon end with Israel carrying out its promised evacuation of Jewish settlers from the occupied territory. The...

2005-08-21 17:29:39

By Meir Maman NETZARIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli forces plan to clear Gaza's last remaining Jewish settlement on Monday, completing a swift evacuation that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says aims to end 38 years of occupation. The army expected little resistance from some 496 settlers at Netzarim, a remote enclave in central Gaza often attacked by Palestinian militants. "We have been in touch with the residents and hope for a quiet removal," a military source said. But there...


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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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