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2006-06-26 06:18:09

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday he had put the army on standby for a major military offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza as officials tried to secure the release of a kidnapped soldier. Olmert warned of a "comprehensive and protracted operation" after a raid into Israel on Sunday by militants including members of the ruling Hamas movement. The gunmen killed two soldiers and carried off a third. Two attackers were...

2006-06-26 06:10:04

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian officials said on Monday they were trying to locate an Israeli soldier believed to have been abducted by Gaza Strip gunmen in a border raid that prompted Israel to threaten a major military offensive. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's inner cabinet gave the Palestinians 48 hours to return Corporal Gilad Shalit after he went missing in Sunday's unprecedented attack on a frontier post by militants including members of the ruling...

2006-06-26 03:16:41

Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian officials said on Monday they were trying to locate an Israeli soldier believed to have been abducted by Gaza Strip gunmen in a border raid that prompted Israel to threaten a major military offensive. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's inner cabinet gave the Palestinians 48 hours to return Corporal Gilad Shalit after he went missing in Sunday's unprecedented attack on a frontier post by militants including members of the ruling...

2006-06-24 18:26:15

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas agreed on Saturday militants should unilaterally stop firing rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Abbas said. But a Hamas spokesman denied the armed wing of the ruling militant group had agreed to any truce. The Islamic Jihad group also said it would not stop launching rockets unless Israel halted air strikes on Gaza and raids in the occupied West...

2006-06-24 16:09:50

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Elite commandos on Saturday carried out Israel's first arrests in the Gaza Strip since the Jewish state withdrew a year ago, detaining two suspected Hamas militants in a raid that signaled an apparent tactical change. The father of the men said he awoke to see Israeli soldiers scaling the walls of his compound in southern Gaza. He said they handcuffed and beat him and then searched his home, detaining his two sons and confiscating his computer....

2006-06-23 14:06:06

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Friday passed a bill that blocks U.S. aid from going to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority but gives humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people and supports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Senate bill gives the Bush administration more discretion to provide relief to the cash-starved Palestinians than a more punitive measure passed by the House of Representatives in May. The Senate bill also would bolster Abbas, head...

2006-06-23 10:10:48

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah said on Friday they would try to resolve their differences face-to-face over a statehood proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel. Haniyeh said few sticking points remained over the document penned by Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli jail, but a Fatah spokesman sought to lower expectations for a breakthrough when the leaders meet later on Friday or...

2006-06-22 06:23:38

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The ruling Palestinian militant group Hamas urged European monitors to reopen Gaza's main international gateway after it remained shut on Thursday in the wake of Israeli security concerns. The Rafah crossing with Egypt has been closed since Wednesday when the Israeli army shut the nearby Kerem Shalom passage into the southern Gaza Strip over a security alert. Monitors use the passage to get to Rafah. Hamas has said it suspected Rafah was closed...

2006-06-17 18:03:28

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions said on Saturday they were close to hammering out an agreement that might avoid a referendum showdown between President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and governing Hamas Islamists. Abbas had said earlier during a Cairo visit that an agreement on a political platform by the groups, caught in a violent power struggle, would mean there would be no need for a July 26 ballot on a proposal that implicitly recognizes Israel....

2006-06-16 08:38:43

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas militants distanced themselves on Friday from a ceasefire offer that the Palestinian government led by the Islamist group made to Israel, while other armed groups also spurned the proposal. Differences over the truce offer, which was conditional on Israel stopping raids and air strikes in Gaza and the West Bank, could point to disagreement between the Hamas grassroots and the government over tactics. Hamas's armed wing scrapped a 16-month...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.