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2008-09-28 12:00:22

Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website ["Gazan Fishermen's Boat Sunk by Israeli Fire in Local Waters" - Ma'an headline] Gaza -Ma'an -Shots were fired by the Israeli military on Gazan fishermen off the Rafah shore on Sunday afternoon [28 September], sinking the fishing boat and endangering the lives of those aboard. According to the de facto ministry of agriculture the sinking vessel and its operators were rescued by nearby boats....

2008-08-30 09:00:26

Text of report in English by pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Centre website on 30 August [Unattributed report from Rafah: "Rafah Crossing Opened Before Stranded Passengers"] The Egyptian authority on 30 August opened the Rafah border terminal with the Gaza Strip for two days to allow stranded Egyptians back to their lands along with Palestinians carrying Egyptian residence permits and holders of foreign passports. Mohammed Odwan, the spokesman of the Palestinian crossings department,...

2008-08-02 09:00:08

A tunnel used to smuggle goods into Gaza from Egypt has collapsed, killing at least five people and injuring 16, Palestinian sources say. CNN reported Saturday that the tunnel was near Rafah and is one of many that have been dug to get around Egyptian government blockades of Gaza border crossings, imposed after the militant group Hamas gained control of the territory.

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....

2008-06-17 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...

2008-06-14 09:00:41

Text of report by Hamas-backed newspaper Filistin website on 11 June [Report by Jum'ah Unus: "Gaza Patients Haunted by Death, Their Families Stand Confused Watching Their Suffering"] If the situation remains unchanged, the only thing left for the patients prevented from travelling by the occupation is to await the same fate that led to the death of dozens of patients, and join the fast-moving convoy of victims of the siege that waits for no one. Thousands of patients are suffering...

2006-08-04 22:57:25

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians, including two militants, in southern Gaza on Saturday, as troops moved closer to a refugee camp as part of an offensive against militants, medics and witnesses said. A militant from the leading Hamas group was killed in the latest strike, medics said. The Israeli army confirmed it had targeted a Palestinian gunmen near the town of Rafah. An earlier similar attack in the area had killed an Islamic...

2006-08-05 00:07:26

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians, including two militants, in southern Gaza on Saturday, as troops moved closer to a refugee camp as part of an offensive against militants, medics and witnesses said. A militant from the leading Hamas group was killed in the latest strike, medics said. The Israeli army confirmed it had targeted a Palestinian gunmen near the town of Rafah. An earlier similar attack in the area had killed an Islamic...

2006-08-03 19:42:51

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Friday targeting militants, and wounding at least four people, witnesses and medics said. The latest strike wounded two people in the southern town of Rafah, medics said, where troops killed a total of five gunmen and three civilians in a day-long raid the army said was aimed at preventing rocket fire at southern Israel. Israel wounded at least one Palestinian in an air strike late on...

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...