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2006-07-15 15:30:16

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian civilian ship off the coast of Lebanon was hit during an exchange of fire between Hizbollah and the Israeli military, Egypt's foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday, but the crew of 12 survived. "The 12 sailors have reached Syria safely," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alaa el-Hadidi said, adding there were no casualties among the crew of the Egyptian-owned ship. The Egyptian ship was hit early on Saturday after Hizbollah launched an attack against a fleet...

2006-07-14 01:54:24

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army pulled out on Friday from the central Gaza Strip as part of an offensive launched last month to free an abducted soldier, the army said. "IDF forces (Israeli Defense Forces) have currently completed their activities in the area," the army said in a statement.

2006-07-14 02:41:41

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army pulled out on Friday from the central Gaza Strip, which it entered as part of an offensive launched last month to free an abducted soldier, the army said. "IDF forces (Israeli Defense Forces) have currently completed their activities in the area," the army said in a statement.

2006-07-14 02:01:12

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army pulled out on Friday from the central Gaza Strip, which it entered as part of an offensive launched last month to free an abducted soldier, the army said. "IDF forces (Israeli Defense Forces) have currently completed their activities in the area," the army said in a statement.

2006-07-13 04:50:48

ROSTOCK, Germany (Reuters) - The United States, reacting to escalating violence between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, on Thursday urged restraint on both sides but said Israel had a right to defend itself. In a widening of reprisals after Hizbollah guerrillas captured two soldiers in a border clash, Israel aircraft attacked Beirut airport and blockaded Lebanese ports. "We are urging restraint on both sides, recognizing Israel's right to defend itself," a U.S....

2006-06-28 18:22:11

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets on Gaza on Thursday warning civilians that troops and tanks were poised to step up an offensive designed to force Palestinian militants to release a kidnapped soldier. Israel also turned up the heat on Syria, sending warplanes low over one of President Bashar al-Assad's palaces to warn him against backing militants who abducted the soldier, the Israeli army said. Bashar was there at the time, Israeli media said....

2006-06-02 11:17:16

By Dan Williams and Mohammed Abbas JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - An Israeli military patrol killed two Egyptian border policemen on Friday in what the army described as self-defense by its troops after the Egyptians stormed across the frontier firing at them. Egyptian security sources cast doubt on the Israeli account of the incident near Israel's Mount Saguy, opposite the Egyptian town of Bir el-Ma'in, saying the policemen were shot after wandering across the unfenced desert border by...

2006-03-04 23:18:34

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Thousands marched in protest through the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth on Saturday after an Israeli man, his Christian wife and their daughter set off firecrackers in one of Christianity's holiest sites. The incident on Friday at the Church of the Annunciation in the city of Nazareth touched off brawls which media reports said left a dozen police and a dozen civilians injured and several police vehicles and an ambulance damaged. The Church of the Annunciation is...

2006-03-02 23:27:49

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - An Israeli sniper killed a Palestinian youth on Friday during a West Bank raid by troops looking for militants, Palestinian medics said. They said the 15-year-old, Amer Bassyouni, was shot in the neck and died from his wounds as Israeli forces searched for militants in the Alamin refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. The army said it was checking the report. Palestinian security sources said the youth had been seen next to his house as Israeli...

2006-02-15 14:46:02

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - El Al Israel Airlines has installed anti-missile systems on all its planes, becoming the first commercial carrier to field a protected fleet amid growing fears of aviation terrorism, security sources said on Wednesday. They said aircraft were equipped with the Israeli-made "Flight Guard," which automatically releases diversionary flares if a heat-seeking missile is detected by on-board sensors. Development of the system, which costs around $1...