Thursday, February 28, 2008

News samples from Israel

Thought you should understand what is going on today:

23:38 Fourth Israeli raid on Gaza within an hour. Palestinians announced that an aircraft attacked a branch of the Hamas Interior Ministry in northern Gaza. (Guysen.International.News)Qassam rain on the Negev: In less than four hours on Wednesday evening, 46 Qassam rockets and eight mortars struck Sderot, Ashkelon and communities in the western Negev. One person was killed, two slightly injured and 47 people are in a state of shock. In addition considerable damage were noted, especially in the ''Off Kor'' factory. (Guysen.International.News)
22:16 Following a meeting with the heads of the police and the home front, the mayor of Ashkelon, Roni Mahatsri, called on the government to intensify pressure on the Palestinians and to undertake a military ground operation to put an end to the firing of Qassam. (Guysen.International.News)
21:56 The armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Kassam Brigades, claimed the shooting of 35 Qassam rockets into Israel on Wednesday night. (Guysen.International.News)
21:12 The U.S. State Department condemned the mass firing of Qassam rockets on the south of Israel which claimed the life of a student in the Sapir academic college. (Guysen.International.News)
21:03 Tsipi Livni met with the director of the Sapir College, which a Qassam hit earlier, killing one student, a father of 4 children. The foreign minister spoke about the security measures taken in the facility. Tomorrow (Thursday), the ambassadors of the European Union presidency will lay a wreath on the spot. (Guysen.International.News)
20:56 Since Monday Jericho has been connected to the Jordanian electricity grid, the first time since the Six-Day War. The Jordanian Minister of Information, Nasser Jouda, explained that it was not a political action but ''aid to the Palestinians to bridge their electricity consumption''. (Guysen.International.News)
20:47 Qassam rain on the Negev: another rocket, the 46th of the day, fell near the Sapir academic college and Kibbutz Gevim. There were no injuries. (Guysen.International.News)
20:37 Al-Qaida is threatening to avenge the death of its chief of operations in Afghanistan. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two in the global terrorist network, broadcast his message in a video posted on the organization's website. The Afghan terrorist leader Abu Laith al-Libi was killed in late January in Pakistan. (Guysen.International.News)
20:35 Qassam Rain on the Negev: the Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon reported one person slightly injured and 23 people treated for shock. in the wake of a massive firing of rockets onto southern Israel. (Guysen.International.News)
20:26 Ehud Olmert said that Egypt is not in violation of the peace agreement signed with Israel, by reinforcing its military personnel along the Philadelphia axis. The Prime Minister said that the goal is to ''seal the border for the smuggling of arms''. (Guysen.International.News)
19:51 Qassam rain on the Negev: after an assessment of the security situation, the commander of the southern district police has decided to strengthen security arrangements in Ashkelon, Sderot and all communities around the Gaza Strip. (Guysen.International.News)
19:46 A spontaneous demonstration was organized at the entrance of Sderot, to denounce the firing of Qassams. Residents burned tires and protested against the government's inertia. (Guysen.International.News)
19:45 Qassam rain on the Negev: the name of the victim has been published. It was Roni Yihia, a 47-year-old father of 4 children, from the town of Bitkha near Ofakim. (Guysen.International.News)
19:42 Qassam rain on the Negev: the El-Mujahideen Brigades claimed the latest firing of Qassam rockets on the western Negev ''in response to the crimes of the Zionist enemy''. (Guysen.International.News)
19:33 IDF air raid on a group of terrorists who were shooting rockets from the town of Bet Hanoun in northern Gaza. (Guysen.International.News)
19:25 Qassam rain on the Negev: a Qassam rocket has just hit vacant space near Kibbutz Alumim. There were no injuries. This is the 45th rocket in three hours. (Guysen.International.News)
19:17 Omri Sharon, son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was sentenced to 7 months in prison for violating the law on party financing, began his prison sentence in Maassiyahou Prison, in Ramleh on Wednesday. He is sharing a cell with five other prisoners. (Guysen.International.News)
19:07 Qassam rain on the Negev: A Qassam struck the town of Yahimi, there were no injuries. (Guysen.International.News)
18:56 Qassam Rain on the Negev: another Qassam on Sderot, and still no response from the government, which seems to have no intention of engaging in a large-scale operation for now. (Guysen.International.News)
18:52 Qassam rain on the Negev: One of the rockets that hit Ashkelon earlier hit a high-voltage cable, and many parts of the city are without electricity. Firefighters from the Lachish region were sent as reinforcements to Ashkelon to assist their local colleagues who are rescuing hundreds of people trapped in lifts. (Guysen.International.News)
18:46 An urgent meeting of the security services after the serious escalation of the situation on the southern front. Defense Minister Ehud Barak informed Ehud Olmert, traveling in Japan, of the mass firing of Qassams on the western Negev. (Guysen.International.News)
18:32 Qassam rain on the Negev: two rockets fell again in the region of Sderot, the impact points have not yet been identified. A total of 42 Qassams have hit the south of Israel during the last 3 hours. (Guysen.International.News)
18:29 Qassam rain on the Negev: another rocket has hit between Nahal Oz and Alumim bringing to 40 the number of rockets fired in the last three hours. (Guysen.International.News)
18:14 The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange closed on a downturn. The Tel Aviv 25 index and the Tel Aviv 100 lost 0.24% each and Teltec declined by 0.13%. (Guysen.International.News)
18:05 Qassam rain on the Negev: four Qassam rockets have just struck Ashkelon. Two of them exploded in the industrial zone. Another exploded on the emergency runway of the Barzilai hospital and the fourth, in the streets of the city. Several people are in a state of shock. (Guysen.International.News)
17:58 Hundreds of women are marching in Tel Aviv between Rabin Square and the offices of the district public prosecutor. They are protesting the decision of the Supreme Court to accept the compromise reached between the prosecution and President Katsav on the sexual harassment case. (Guysen.International.News)
17:47 The first floor of the Knesset was completely evacuated by the security services. It seems that MK Shlomo Benizri (Shas) fell ill after opening an envelope containing a white powder. Benizri was treated at the Knesset infirmary. It is still unclear what the substance is. (Guysen.International.News)
17:29 Qassam rain on the Negev: a Qassam rocket has just struck a vacant lot near Sderot. There were no injuries or damage. Earlier, another rocket exploded near a kindergarten on Kibbutz Nir Am, without causing any injuries. (Guysen.International.News)
17:18 A news item which has just been authorized for publication: the five Hamas terrorists killed on Wednesday morning in an IDF air raid were in the process of planning a large-scale attack. Military leaders say that the members of this terrorist cell were trained recently outside of the Gaza Strip and were actively involved in the firing of Qassam rockets into Israel. (Guysen.International.News)

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