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January 9, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf
On a day of rising tension between Israel and international relief agencies, the Red Cross and the United Nations curtailed operations in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday, and the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution calling for a cease-fire in the Palestinian territory. In a 14-0 vote, with the United States abstaining, the Security Council called for an "immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire" in Gaza that would lead to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces.
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April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
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September 12, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Richard Boudreaux
Two rockets were fired into northern Israel from southern Lebanon today, and Israel responded minutes later with a barrage of 14 rockets and by scrambling fighter jets across the volatile border, Lebanese and Israeli media reported. No one was reported injured on either side of the border, often a flash point for conflict between Israel and Lebanese or Palestinian militant groups across the rocky frontier. It was the first exchange of fire between Israel and militant groups in Lebanon since February.
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December 29, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- In the first border flare-up of its kind in four months, a Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday, triggering a heavy artillery barrage from Israeli forces in response. No casualties were immediately reported on either side of the frontier. The United Nations force in southern Lebanon urged restraint on both sides and said it was in contact with the Israeli and Lebanese authorities.     It was not immediately clear who fired the rockets, at least one of which struck outside the Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona.
NEWS
December 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
A barrage of rockets shook Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 80 others, witnesses and officials said. It was one of the worst assaults on the Afghan capital in months. No one took responsibility for the attack, but the rockets came from north of the city, where forces loyal to ousted military chief Ahmed Shah Masoud are based. The fighters are battling the Taliban army, which controls about 90% of Afghanistan, ruling the nation with a strict version of Islam.
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February 23, 1992 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shiite Muslim guerrillas in Lebanon called off their rocket attacks on Israel on Saturday but vowed unspecified revenge for the assassination of the leader of the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement that sparked five days of violence in Lebanon north of Israel's frontier. Israel could claim a victory, although its armored thrust into two Shiite villages last week failed to immediately silence the firing of the Katyusha rockets that had bedeviled frontier communities.
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October 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A rocket fired from Lebanon struck inside northern Israel without causing damage or injury, and Israel responded with artillery fire, the Israeli military and a Lebanese security source said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel was treating the shooting along the border "very seriously" and that it held the Lebanese government responsible. There were no reports of casualties from the rocket, which security sources said slammed into an open area near the northern Israeli border town of Kiryat Shemona, or from Israel's subsequent artillery fire at Lebanon.
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March 15, 1992 | Reuters
Rockets struck villages in Nagorno-Karabakh on Saturday, reports said, shattering the latest cease-fire in the disputed Caucasus region. An Azerbaijani parliamentary leader, meanwhile, said his country was girding for a new Armenian offensive. The renewed fighting came as U.N. envoy Cyrus R. Vance prepared to travel to Nagorno-Karabakh to try to mediate a truce in the mostly Armenian enclave controlled by Azerbaijan. More than 1,000 people have died in four years of fighting there.
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May 31, 2006 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Israel on Tuesday made its first military incursion deep into the Gaza Strip since withdrawing from the seaside territory last summer, sending special forces backed by a helicopter gunship to ambush a squad of rocket-firing Palestinian militants. Four Palestinians were killed and about six were wounded in an intense predawn exchange of fire that lasted more than an hour and occurred nearly two miles inside Gaza.
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November 15, 2008 | Associated Press
Hamas militants in Gaza bombarded a major southern Israeli city with rocket fire Friday, continuing a week of tit-for-tat fighting that threatens to destroy a tenuous cease-fire. Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers held out hope that calm would be restored, and Israeli leaders decided against any immediate major retaliation. But both sides vowed to strike back hard if violence persisted. "If you want to leave the truce, we are ready.
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August 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - The first rocket barrage from Lebanon to reach Israel in two years sent residents in the north scurrying for bomb shelters Thursday evening, but caused no injuries or significant damage, officials said. Israel Defense Forces said its Iron Dome missile interception system destroyed one rocket over northern Israel. As many as three others are believed to have fallen into the sea. Though initial Lebanese news reports suggested Hezbollah launched the attack, Israeli officials said they believe the rockets were fired by an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group operating from a village south of the Lebanese town of Tyre.
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April 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- At least two rockets landed in the Israeli town of Eilat on Wednesday morning, police said, and residents of the Red Sea resort community reported a number of explosions as well as an air raid siren. No injuries were reported. A battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system was recently deployed in the area following intelligence pointing to possible rocket attacks by jihad activists in Sinai. The system did not intercept the rockets that landed in a construction site and an open space shortly after 9 a.m. local time.
OPINION
November 24, 2012
Responding to Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab's Op-Ed article Tuesday calling Israel's actions against the Gaza Strip a "failed strategy," reader Elliott Oring of Long Beach wrote in a letter to the editor published Thursday: "Israel's military response to Gaza is not a failed strategy because it is not a strategy at all. It is a tactic, a tactic to get Hamas to stop lobbing rockets into Israel. There is no long-term strategy that will prove successful until Hamas decides it is no longer interested in destroying Israel.
OPINION
November 21, 2012
Re "Strike adds urgency to Gaza talks," Nov. 19 To say Israel is defending itself against the Palestinians is turning the sequence of events on its head. Hamas and Israel had been observing a cease-fire, and no rockets were being fired on Israel. It was only a few days before the signing of the truce that a 13-year-old Gazan boy was reportedly killed by Israeli forces. Following the child's death, Israel assassinated a military leader of Hamas. President Obama stands alone in the world saying Israel has launched this attack to defend itself.
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November 15, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
GAZA CITY - The rapidly escalating conflict between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was defined on its second day by images of its most helpless victims. In Israel, a bloodied infant in a pink jumpsuit was gingerly rescued from the rubble of an apartment building where three other residents were killed by a rocket fired from Gaza. The three deaths in Kiryat Malachi were the first on the Israeli side. At about the same time, bereaved young parents to the south in Gaza City buried their cheerful 11-month-old boy, who had just learned to say "Mama.
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March 12, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The toll on civilians from violence between the Israeli military and militants based in the Gaza Strip rose Monday as three Palestinians — a 15-year-old boy on his way to school and a father and daughter walking in the street — were killed by Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian officials said. Militants from Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees on Monday fired rockets into southern Israel, hitting an empty kindergarten and damaging a residential structure in the city of Ashdod, injuring an elderly woman and another person with shrapnel.
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September 27, 2007 | Rushdi abu Alouf and Richard Boudreaux, Special to The Times
Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in an airstrike and ground assault Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, retaliating for a barrage of mortar and rocket fire into southern Israel. On the bloodiest day in Gaza since Israel declared it a "hostile territory" last week, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the military was "moving closer to a broad and complex operation" in the enclave ruled by the Islamic movement Hamas.
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October 30, 2011 | By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
The day after a series of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes killed nine militants in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli civilian in southern Israel, strikes Sunday appeared to thin out, though tensions remained high. After an early-morning barrage was launched at southern Israel on Sunday, Islamic Jihad announced it would accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire and hold its rocket fire while reserving the right to respond to any attacks from Israel. "There is no cease-fire," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding that Israel's army would continue to carry out strikes to protect residents in the south from rocket attacks.
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June 3, 2011 | By Iona Craig, Jeb Boone and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
A rocket fired into his residential compound during a prayer service Friday slightly wounded Yemen's president, killed four others and appeared to end hopes for a peaceful resolution to a tribal conflict that is plunging the capital into chaos and pushing the country toward civil war. Sana has been convulsed by nearly two weeks of fighting between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the powerful Ahmar brothers, who head the president's Hashid tribal...
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