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2006-07-01 17:17:13

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was widely expected on Sunday to ease an economic blockade on the Gaza Strip but to keep up a military offensive designed to force Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped soldier. Israel sent troops and tanks into southern Gaza in a clampdown on the coastal territory after the militants seized the soldier in a cross-border raid last Sunday, but the standoff has triggered a looming Palestinian humanitarian...

2006-06-30 00:30:34

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Friday, setting ablaze the Interior Ministry offices of the Hamas-led Palestinian government in a widening military effort to secure the release of a captured soldier. Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper said the Hamas Islamist group had given "conditional approval" for the release of 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was captured in a cross-border raid on Sunday. But while Israel held off a threatened ground attack...

2006-06-29 21:07:47

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel bombarded Gaza with air strikes on Friday in a widening military effort to secure the release of an abducted Israeli soldier amid an Egyptian report that the ruling Palestinian party has approved his freedom. Israeli warplanes roared over Gaza striking at various targets, including the office of Palestinian Interior Minister Saeed Seyam, which caught fire after it was hit in the intensifying military operation to free 19-year-old Israeli...

2006-06-29 06:13:01

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel arrested one-third of the Hamas-led Palestinian cabinet on Thursday in what the Islamist group called a bid to topple its government, as the Israeli army prepared to expand a Gaza offensive to free an abducted soldier. Hundreds of Palestinian gunmen wielding automatic rifles and anti-tank weapons took up positions waiting for Israeli forces to open a second front in the northern Gaza Strip, one day after tanks and infantry pushed into the...

2006-06-28 17:48:35

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers arrested a member of the Hamas-led Palestinian government early on Thursday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian security officials said. The arrest of Labour Minister Mohammed Barghouthi came amid an Israeli army incursion into the Gaza Strip to try to release a soldier kidnapped during a cross-border raid by Hamas and other militants on Sunday. An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops had carried out an operation in...

2006-06-28 11:34:32

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday launched its first ground offensive into the Gaza Strip since quitting the territory last year, ratcheting up pressure on Palestinian militants to release an abducted soldier. Tanks and infantry, backed by assault helicopters and artillery, set up a strategic observation post at a disused airport outside the southern town of Rafah as masked gunmen waited behind barricades and in alleyways for battle to begin. Threatening...

2006-06-28 05:22:22

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops on an offensive into the Gaza Strip face Palestinian militants who are much better armed than when the Jewish state's forces pulled out of the territory last year, Israeli officials and analysts say. Israel, equipped with modern tanks and aircraft, has obvious military superiority in the operation launched on Wednesday to try to bring home a soldier captured by Palestinian militants. But Israeli defense officials estimate militants...

2006-06-27 21:27:51

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli tanks backed by helicopter gunships pushed into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, stepping up pressure on the Palestinians to secure the release of a kidnapped soldier. To the sound of heavy gunfire, armored vehicles entered Gaza near the southern town of Rafah less than a year after Israel pulled thousands of soldiers and settlers from the territory following 38 years of occupation. Led by bulldozers to clear boobytrap bombs, tanks and...

2006-06-27 17:58:09

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft struck at the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday and armored forces prepared for a threatened offensive after mediators said hope of recovering a kidnapped soldier through talks was almost gone. The army said planes attacked two bridges on a route linking northern and southern Gaza to stop militants moving the captive. A helicopter attacked a power plant in central Gaza with missiles, cutting electricity to much of the territory. At...

2006-06-27 16:54:32

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli armored forces prepared for a threatened offensive into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after mediators said hope of recovering a kidnapped soldier through talks was almost gone. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at one of the main bridges linking the north and south of the Gaza Strip, sending a clear warning to militants. The army said it wanted to prevent the kidnappers from moving the soldier. Palestinian security forces said Israeli tanks...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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