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2006-04-28 07:13:44

By Adam Entous RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - When Juhanna Sankelo and fellow monitors speed to work along the Gaza-Egyptian border, they are escorted by two Dodge RAM trucks packed with heavily armed, black-clad men loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas. European monitors say the presidential guard's show of force at the Rafah terminal has bolstered security, reduced smuggling and improved the flow of travelers at the only Palestinian-controlled border crossing. The deployment has also...

2006-01-04 05:49:31

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Firing into the air, Palestinian gunmen briefly blocked access to Gaza's Rafah border crossing to Egypt and stormed government offices on Wednesday in growing unrest ahead of a Palestinian election later this month. The gunmen, from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a renegade militant group in the ruling Fatah faction, went on the rampage after police arrested a local leader on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of three Britons last week....

2005-11-24 08:05:02

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - An advance party of European Union monitors began preparations on Thursday for the opening of a Gaza border terminal that will allow Palestinians greater freedom of movement to and from the tiny coastal territory. The inauguration of Rafah terminal on the Egyptian border, scheduled for Friday with operations beginning a day later, is seen by Palestinians as a step toward statehood following Israel's withdrawal from Gaza after 38 years of...

2005-11-15 05:09:05

By Sue Pleming JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a crucial deal on Gaza border crossings on Tuesday after brokering marathon talks with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Rice, who put her own reputation at stake by investing so personally in the negotiations, had postponed her departure to Asia for an APEC meeting, staying in Jerusalem an extra day until she secured an agreement on opening the Gaza-Egypt border. Access to Gaza is key to...

2005-11-15 04:48:19

By Sue Pleming JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced a crucial deal on Gaza border crossings on Tuesday after brokering marathon talks with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Rice, who put her own reputation at stake by investing so personally in the negotiations, had postponed her departure to Asia for an APEC meeting, staying in Jerusalem an extra day until she secured an agreement on opening the Gaza-Egypt border. Access to Gaza is key to...

2005-11-14 21:24:21

By Sue Pleming and Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice bargained with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators into the early hours on Tuesday, postponing a trip to Asia as a deal seemed near on Gaza border crossings. Rice hopes to win agreement on opening Gaza's access as a step to strengthening the strip's economy and giving a boost to chances for peacemaking, weighed down by violence since Israel withdrew from the occupied territory in September. To...

2005-11-14 10:40:48

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decided on Monday to extend her visit to the Middle East to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian deal over Gaza's border crossing to Egypt, her spokesman said. Rice, who held talks earlier in the day with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, planned to fly to Jordan for a previously scheduled trip and then return to Israel to seek agreement on reopening the Rafah terminal, her spokesman said. The crossing has been closed...

2005-11-14 10:14:34

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decided on Monday to extend her visit to the Middle East to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian deal over Gaza's border crossing to Egypt, her spokesman said. Rice, who held talks earlier in the day with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, planned to fly to Jordan for a previously scheduled trip and then return to Israel to seek agreement on reopening the Rafah terminal, her spokesman said. The crossing has been closed...

2005-06-28 15:40:45

By Mark Heinrich AL-MAWASI, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - In a Palestinian enclavemarooned between Jewish settlers and the Mediterranean Sea,farmers watch crops rot in rich soil and fishing boats rust onpalm-fringed beaches under Israeli army surveillance. Al-Mawasi was once a center of relative prosperity in Gaza.That ended when Israeli forces, fighting a Palestinianuprising, cut off the community by extending a settlementsecurity cordon around it to deny militants a beachhead forattacks. But...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
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This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.