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May 20, 2004
The Israeli army is using American F-16s firing rockets and American Caterpillar tractors to destroy civilian housing in Rafah in the Gaza Strip (May 18). Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said in Jordan on Sunday that his country was opposed to the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah. It's "a subject of conversation and a subject of concern," national security advisor Condoleezza Rice said. Where is the outrage from U.S. officials? Munitions we give to Israel should not be used against innocent civilians.
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August 19, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - Worried about its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, Israel is skirting a fine line between maintaining its usual silence on the unrest in its neighbor and openly supporting Egypt's military-led government, which many in Israel view as the best bet for keeping a quiet border. Officially, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has kept mum about Egypt's recent violence, saying it does not want to take sides. Privately officials acknowledge that they were happy to see the Islamist movement Muslim Brotherhood swept from power, though they are aware that public expressions of support can backfire because of Israel's unpopularity in the region.
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WORLD
April 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinians, at least one of them a Hamas militant, and wounded eight others in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist group and medical staff said. One man was killed and three others wounded when a missile hit a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, medics and Hamas officials said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that a number of armed men had been targeted. Hamas said they were civilians. A Hamas gunman was killed in a strike earlier.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Rushdi abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip shut down two Arab media offices Thursday, accusing them of spreading falsehoods about the Palestinian territory's increasingly rocky relationship with the new military-led Egyptian government. In a statement, Hamas said it had shuttered the Gaza bureaus of the Dubai-based pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya and the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency. Hamas officials said the closures were temporary "until the proper legal measures are taken.
NEWS
October 22, 1986
Israeli police arrested more than 150 Palestinian teen-agers in the occupied Gaza Strip after two days of anti-Israeli demonstrations. The operation in Rafah, an Arab town at the southern edge of the Gaza Strip, was one of the most massive Israeli security clampdowns in the area in recent years. Since Sunday, hundreds of Palestinian high school students have hurled stones at Israeli cars and blocked main roads with burning tires, a symbol of resistance to the 19-year Israeli occupation.
WORLD
February 2, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Israel has agreed to pay about $2 million to the family of a British cameraman killed by Israeli troops in 2003, a Foreign Ministry official confirmed. James Miller's family said through a spokesman that the settlement "is the nearest they are likely to get to an admission of guilt." In May 2003, Miller, 34, was in Rafah, on the Gaza-Egypt border, shooting footage for a documentary about the effect of violence on children in the region, when he was shot and killed by Israeli gunfire.
WORLD
November 22, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Seated on a muddy hill, Sulieman Masri glumly scanned the giant crater that was once a smuggling tunnel used to support his family. After the Israeli airstrikes of the last week, Thursday morning was the first safe time to venture out. He discovered his tunnel was among 140 Israel destroyed. Now it's now a massive sand pit coated with gray explosives residue. It would take two months to rebuild at the cost of $20,000. "But I've heard that they are going to open the borders, which could put the tunnels out of business," he said.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
CAIRO -- Gunmen in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed one Egyptian soldier and wounded two others in an attack in the border city of Rafah near the Gaza Strip, Egyptian media reported Friday. It was unclear whether the attack was motivated by the military coup this week against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party. The Sinai has long been plagued by violence and insecurity. Islamist groups, some with links to the Gaza Strip, frequently use the region as a launching pad for attacks against Israel, and fears are rising that Morsi's ouster will trigger a flare-up in violence.
WORLD
May 19, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip remained closed Sunday as the families and colleagues of seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped in the northern Sinai Peninsula last week continued a sit-in. A video was briefly posted on YouTube showing seven men identified as the abductees, imploring the government to secure their release. "Rescue us, Mr. President. We can't take it. Rescue us, people," the men plead, according to an Associated Press account. It was unclear who posted the video.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Rushdi abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip shut down two Arab media offices Thursday, accusing them of spreading falsehoods about the Palestinian territory's increasingly rocky relationship with the new military-led Egyptian government. In a statement, Hamas said it had shuttered the Gaza bureaus of the Dubai-based pan-Arab news channel Al Arabiya and the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency. Hamas officials said the closures were temporary "until the proper legal measures are taken.
WORLD
July 5, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
CAIRO -- Gunmen in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed one Egyptian soldier and wounded two others in an attack in the border city of Rafah near the Gaza Strip, Egyptian media reported Friday. It was unclear whether the attack was motivated by the military coup this week against President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party. The Sinai has long been plagued by violence and insecurity. Islamist groups, some with links to the Gaza Strip, frequently use the region as a launching pad for attacks against Israel, and fears are rising that Morsi's ouster will trigger a flare-up in violence.
WORLD
May 19, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip remained closed Sunday as the families and colleagues of seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped in the northern Sinai Peninsula last week continued a sit-in. A video was briefly posted on YouTube showing seven men identified as the abductees, imploring the government to secure their release. "Rescue us, Mr. President. We can't take it. Rescue us, people," the men plead, according to an Associated Press account. It was unclear who posted the video.
WORLD
November 22, 2012 | Edmund Sanders
An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreement to end eight days of clashes between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip relies heavily on the goodwill of two of the Middle East's bitterest enemies, but gave each enough to claim success. By the time the truce took effect Wednesday evening, 162 Palestinians and five Israelis had died. Nearly half the Palestinian dead and all but one of the Israelis were civilians. In a sign of the two sides' lingering animosity, clashes continued right up to the deadline, with Hamas sending a barrage of rockets toward several Israeli cites and Israeli aircraft pounding a few final targets in Gaza.
WORLD
November 22, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Seated on a muddy hill, Sulieman Masri glumly scanned the giant crater that was once a smuggling tunnel used to support his family. After the Israeli airstrikes of the last week, Thursday morning was the first safe time to venture out. He discovered his tunnel was among 140 Israel destroyed. Now it's now a massive sand pit coated with gray explosives residue. It would take two months to rebuild at the cost of $20,000. "But I've heard that they are going to open the borders, which could put the tunnels out of business," he said.
WORLD
November 17, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
GAZA CITY - The bombardment seemed nearly constant: more than 250 airstrikes that blew out windows, peppered buildings with shrapnel and rattled nerves. But Gaza Strip residents said Israel's targets appeared chosen primarily to send a message. Israeli forces and the Islamist movement Hamas exchanged fire Friday for a third day, and appeared to inch closer to all-out conflict. A visit by Egypt's prime minister failed to bring even a temporary lull in the fighting. And Palestinian militants continued to press Israel's limits, for the first time firing two homemade rockets in the direction of Jerusalem.
WORLD
November 16, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- Anyone hoping that Friday morning's visit to Gaza City by Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil might ease the growing conflict between Israel and Hamas was sorely disappointed. In a brief two-hour trip, Kandil made no public mention of a cease-fire or ending the violence that has so far killed 23 people on both sides. Instead, he said Egypt's loyalty rested squarely with Gaza's people. "The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims,"' he said during a visit to Shifa Hospital.
WORLD
May 29, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Egypt eased border restrictions for residents of the Gaza Strip long bottled up by an Israeli-led blockade of the seaside enclave in another potent sign of the changes shaking the status quo across the Middle East — and pressing Gaza's ruling militant group, Hamas, toward moderation. A rare mood of optimism reigned Saturday at the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, where hundreds took advantage of new, relaxed rules they hope will mark the end of the blockade imposed after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.
WORLD
November 16, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY -- Anyone hoping that Friday morning's visit to Gaza City by Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil might ease the growing conflict between Israel and Hamas was sorely disappointed. In a brief two-hour trip, Kandil made no public mention of a cease-fire or ending the violence that has so far killed 23 people on both sides. Instead, he said Egypt's loyalty rested squarely with Gaza's people. "The cause of Palestinians is the cause of all Arabs and Muslims,"' he said during a visit to Shifa Hospital.
WORLD
May 29, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Egypt eased border restrictions for residents of the Gaza Strip long bottled up by an Israeli-led blockade of the seaside enclave in another potent sign of the changes shaking the status quo across the Middle East — and pressing Gaza's ruling militant group, Hamas, toward moderation. A rare mood of optimism reigned Saturday at the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, where hundreds took advantage of new, relaxed rules they hope will mark the end of the blockade imposed after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.
WORLD
May 8, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Egypt's new government has embarked on adventurous diplomacy to replace the legacy of former President Hosni Mubarak with a bolder Middle East presence less compliant with the U.S. and Israel. Cairo's maneuvers to reshape foreign policy include improved relations with the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and its decision to ignore Israeli objections and reopen the Rafah border crossing after years of blockade to stop weapons smuggling into the Palestinian enclave.
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