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Gaza raids draw Abbas call for Israel to halt 'escalation' GAZA CITY: Israel pounded nearly 30 targets in Gaza overnight after militants fired scores of rockets into the south, prompting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to demand Thursday that it halt its "escalation." The rocket barrage, which was the heaviest since an eight-day conflict between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers in November 2012, sent thousands of Israelis fleeing for cover across the south on Wednesday afternoon.So far, there have been no reports of casualties on either side of the border.And experts said Israel was not interested in a major confrontation with Gaza's Hamas rulers.The latest tit-for-tat violence was sparked by an incident on Tuesday when militants of the Islamic Jihad group fired a mortar round at troops allegedly trying to enter southern Gaza, prompting an Israeli air strike which killed three of them.In retaliation, the Quds Brigades, fired scores of rockets over the border on Wednesday, with the group putting the ...

Assad visits displaced outside capital: state TV DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is making a rare trip outside the capital to meet people displaced by the country's three-year-old civil war, state media reported on Wednesday."President Assad is inspecting conditions for the displaced in Damascus province," state television said."President Assad is touring shelters for the displaced... and listening to their needs," it added."The state continues to secure basic necessities for the displaced until they can return to their homes in Adra and elsewhere," ...
Drone strike kills 4 'Qaeda' in Yemen: tribal source SANAA: A US drone strike in northeast Yemen has killed four suspected Al-Qaeda members, a tribal source said on Tuesday.Two missiles struck two vehicles late Monday in the Wadi Abida area, east of Sanaa, killing the occupants "who were all Al-Qaeda members," the source said. Obad Mubarak al-Shabwani and Jaafar al-Shabwani, "both local chiefs of Al-Qaeda," were among the passengers, he said.The United States military operates all drones flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa's ...
Israel drone crashes in Gaza JERUSALEM: An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said."A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP. "An investigation is under way."The Al-Rai news agency, run by the territory's Islamist rulers, Hamas, said the drone came down east of the southern ...
Palestinian dies after Israel troops fire on his car: Palestinians NABLUS: A Palestinian died on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired on his car near Tulkarem in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said. The sources said his car then veered off the road, and it was not clear whether the gunfire or the subsequent crash killed him. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army, but the police described the incident as a traffic accidentCopyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Obama urged to press Saudis to help end Bahrain crisis WASHINGTON: A group of rights activists and analysts called on US President Barack Obama Monday to press Saudi Arabia to help end the political crisis in its neighbor Bahrain.The oil-rich Gulf kingdom has "significant influence" in Bahrain where "lasting stability can only be achieved by genuine reform," the group of almost 30 people wrote in a letter to the American leader.The group -- including experts from some of Washington's most influential think tanks -- urged ...
Lebanese march against domestic violence BEIRUT: A few thousand protesters took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday to demand that politicians approve Lebanon's first law against domestic violence in a non-partisan display rarely seen in Lebanon's highly politicised climate. Organisers harnessed popular outrage over the deaths of two Lebanese women in suspected domestic violence cases which struck a nerve in a country where regular car bombs and rocket attacks have desensitised many to violence. "The people want the passage ...


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