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2008-07-24 06:01:05

Text of report in English by Izz-al-Din al-Qassam Brigades website on 24 July [Unattributed report: "Haniyah calls to open Rafah Crossing to transfer Hamas parliamentarian for treatment"] Hamas movement prime minister, Ismail Haniyah, called Egypt on Thursday to open Rafah crossing to transfer Hamas Parliamentarian Mariam Farahat to an Egyptian hospital to receive medical treatment. Maryam Farahat yesterday suffered a severe heart attack and was transferred to Al-Shifaa hospital....

2008-06-18 00:00:08

JERUSALEM _ A deal announced on Tuesday for a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas raised hopes for an end to months of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, but skeptical Israeli officials cautioned that the emerging truce was fragile and could easily unravel. The agreement on a six-month lull, mediated by Egypt, comes as leaders on both sides are under increasing pressure from their people to end the hostilities. But even a successful deal poses risks, and...

2008-06-17 12:00:13

Excerpt from report by London-based newspaper Al-Hayat website on 17 June [Report by Fathi Sabbah in Gaza: "'Hamas': Calm Agreement in Three Stages Includes Opening Rafah Crossing and Separating Shalit's Case. Stressed Egypt Will Announce Its Coming Into Force Within Days"] Authoritative Palestinian sources have disclosed to "Al-Hayat" details of the calm agreement reached between Israel and the "Hamas" movement and the armed Palestinian factions following difficult and indirect...

2006-07-18 02:11:26

GAZA (Reuters) - The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt temporarily reopened on Tuesday to allow Palestinians who were stranded on the Egyptian side to return home, European monitors at the crossing said. At least 2,000 Palestinians were waiting to make the crossing. Many have been trapped on the Egyptian side of the border crossing since June 25, when Palestinian militants seized an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid. The raid prompted Israel to launch a...

2006-07-14 12:09:39

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen blew a six- meter (20-foot) hole in the Gaza-Egypt border wall on Friday, allowing nearly 1,000 Gazans stranded by the closed border to cross home, officials and witnesses said. Palestinians, some carrying large pieces of luggage and young children, cheered "God is Greatest" as they crossed into Gaza. One man exclaimed: "We are free. We are back home." Some of the Gazans had been trapped on the Egyptian side of the Rafah...

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...

2006-06-22 04:41:13

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 shut to...

2006-01-02 03:34:44

GAZA (Reuters) - About 200 policemen stormed government offices in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Monday to protest at the failure of the Palestinian Authority to fight growing lawlessness, witnesses said. The incident was the latest sign of chaos in Gaza, which has suffered growing internal unrest since Israel withdrew last September after 38 years of occupation. Firing into the air as they ran through the streets, the policemen raided government offices, courthouses, an...

2005-12-30 04:43:05

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - European Union monitors withdrew from Gaza's border with Egypt on Friday after Palestinian police imposed an armed blockade to protest the killing of a colleague in spiraling internal violence. Already busy searching for three Britons abducted nearby on Wednesday, officials scrambled to defuse the standoff at the Rafah border crossing, whose opening last month was hailed as a step to make Gaza a testing ground for Palestinian statehood. Unrest...

2005-12-26 10:47:04

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militant groups said on Monday that European Union monitors had prevented three of their senior commanders from leaving the Gaza Strip and threatened to blast a path in the border to allow them to travel. The Rafah crossing on the border between Gaza and Egypt was opened last month under a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in hope of stirring an economic revival in the coastal strip Israel quit after 38 years...


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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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