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2006-07-06 05:23:07

By Nidal al-Mughrabi BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza (Reuters) - Palestinian militants firing anti-tank rockets fought running battles with Israeli forces in northern Gaza on Thursday in the fiercest clashes since Israel launched a major offensive in the strip a week ago. One Palestinian civilian was killed by Israeli tank fire in the town of Beit Lahiya, the victim's family said. The army said one soldier had been lightly wounded by gunfire. The fighting erupted after Israeli tanks and troops...

2006-07-05 17:15:44

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas militants in Gaza fired a missile into a major Israeli city for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, hours after the Jewish state vowed to step up a military offensive in response to the first attack. The Israeli army said the rocket hit an orchard in the coastal city of Ashkelon, 12 km (7 miles) inside Israeli territory. As in Tuesday's attack, no one was hurt. A Hamas gunman and a Palestinian policeman were killed and six other people...

2006-07-05 14:18:27

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas militants in Gaza fired a missile into a major Israeli city for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, just hours after the Jewish state vowed to expand a military offensive in response to the first attack. The army said the rocket hit an orchard in Ashkelon, 12 km (7 miles) from the Palestinian territory. Like Tuesday's attack, no one was hurt. But the first ever strikes on the coastal city have stirred vows of harsh reprisals from...

2006-07-05 06:16:48

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel's prime minister cleared the way on Wednesday to expand an offensive against the Palestinians' governing Hamas movement aimed at freeing an abducted soldier and ending rocket attacks from Gaza. In fresh violence, Hamas gunmen skirmished with Israeli forces stationed near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, witnesses said. Militants said they fired at least two anti-tank rockets, hitting an Israeli tank and a bulldozer. The Israeli army...

2006-07-04 18:30:34

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli missiles tore through the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza on Wednesday, causing extensive damage and wounding at least three people, as Israel kept pressure on militants to release an abducted soldier. The night-time air strike was launched hours after militants from the governing Hamas movement fired a rocket into a main Israeli city for the first time, an attack that deepened a 10-day-old crisis. Israeli aircraft struck the same...

2006-07-04 17:08:47

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel was poised on Wednesday to broaden a Gaza offensive after Hamas militants fired a rocket into a main Israeli city for the first time, an attack that deepened a 10-day-old crisis over an abducted soldier. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert planned to consult with his security cabinet later in the day to discuss stronger military action after militants carried out their deepest rocket strike yet against Israel, government officials said....

2006-07-03 06:41:32

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected on Monday an ultimatum by Palestinian militants, who abducted an Israeli soldier, for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners. "The government of Israel will not yield to the extortion of the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas government, which are led by murderous terrorist organizations," Olmert's office said in a statement after militants set a Tuesday deadline. "We will not conduct any negotiations on a prisoner...

2006-07-02 18:08:53

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli helicopter gunships struck targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered the army to step up operations to free an abducted soldier. Olmert also warned leaders of the Hamas-led Palestinian government that any of them could be targets for attack. A helicopter fired a missile into a building in Gaza City that the army said was used by militants. The ruling Hamas movement also has an office there,...

2006-07-01 19:05:20

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel's air force attacked the office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday in the latest phase of a Gaza offensive designed to force militants into freeing an abducted soldier. Haniyeh, a leader of the ruling militant Islamist party Hamas, was not in his Gaza City office at the time of the helicopter strike, witnesses said. One Hamas member was killed in a second attack on an office used by forces loyal to Hamas. A third...

2006-07-01 18:33:02

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed at least one person in helicopter missile attacks on the Gaza City office of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and an office used by forces loyal to his governing party, witnesses said. They said Haniyeh, a leader the militant Islamist group Hamas, was not in his office at the time. The person was killed in the second strike and was identified as a Hamas member. In a separate air strike, a missile was fired at a Gaza school founded by...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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