October 2, 2009 |
Israeli authorities filed fraud and money-laundering charges against an enigmatic Russian-born tycoon who has fled the country, according to court documents. Prosecutors say Arkady Gaydamak conspired with senior Israeli banking executives to conceal financial activities worth around $175 million. Officers of one of Israel's leading banks were also indicted. Gaydamak became a celebrity in Israel even though he did not speak Hebrew and had a checkered past. He faces an international arrest warrant in a French investigation of alleged arms trafficking to Angola in the early 1990s.
December 27, 2008 |
A crude rocket fired by Palestinian militants Friday fell short of its target in Israel, striking a house in the northern Gaza Strip and killing two schoolgirls. The attack came as Israel sent mixed signals as to how it might respond to continuing Palestinian rocket fire. Israeli defense officials say politicians have approved a large-scale incursion into the territory once rainy conditions clear.
December 21, 2007 |
At least six Palestinians were killed Thursday in Israeli air and ground strikes aimed at stopping rocket salvos from the Gaza Strip, Israeli defense officials and Palestinian sources said. One rocket exploded next to an Israeli school, and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, later said it had fired three rockets at Israel. In an amateur video taken from inside the school in the battered town of Sderot, an explosion is clearly heard.
March 12, 2012 |
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.
June 27, 2008 |
Palestinian militants fired two rockets at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, breaching a cease-fire for a second time. The truce, reached with Egyptian mediation between Israel and Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls the strip, has largely held since it took effect June 19, but sporadic violations by other groups are threatening to unravel it, much like previous agreements.
August 2, 1985 |
"Low pay, hazardous conditions, intellectual stimulation." That is how a help wanted ad might read if Edmond Haddad, president of Middle East College in Beirut, were to write one. He will be in Southern California through mid-August recruiting professors. His 250-student co-educational college is, not surprisingly, understaffed. About two-thirds of the 25-member faculty fled the campus last year after it was hit by rocket fire. This year, the rockets only whizzed overhead.
October 30, 2011 |
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.
September 4, 2007 |
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded Monday next to a day-care center in the Israeli border town of Sderot, an attack that Palestinian militants called retribution for the deaths of three Gaza children in an Israeli airstrike last week. None of the 15 children at the center was injured.
February 26, 2008 |
As Israelis watched nervously from across the border, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staged parallel protests Monday against the Jewish state, placing a few thousand placard-waving demonstrators along the main highway and firing 11 rockets into Israel. One of the rockets injured 10-year-old Yossi Haimov in the town of Sderot as an air-raid siren sent him and his 8-year-old sister, who were playing near their home, rushing for cover against a wall. Surgeons removed shrapnel from his right shoulder, saving his arm. Israel had braced for a day of far more trouble.
January 9, 2009 |
Lebanese army and international forces bolstered troop numbers, stepped up patrols and declared a state of alert Thursday after an early-morning rocket attack on Israel from southern Lebanon threatened to widen the ongoing Gaza Strip conflict. The rocket fire, which struck a nursing home and slightly injured at least two civilians, resurrected memories of the destructive 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah, an ally of the Gaza-based militant group Hamas.