March 30, 2002 |
As Israeli tanks rumbled through the compound of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on Friday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell placed the blame for the latest Mideast upheaval squarely on Palestinian terrorists. But he said the United States will forge ahead with its latest diplomatic effort to work out a cease-fire. "Let's be clear about what brought it all to a halt: terrorism," Powell said in an appearance at the State Department. "Terrorism . . .
February 14, 2002 |
The Israeli army pulled out of the Palestinian-controlled town of Beit Hanoun late Wednesday, after the most sweeping ground operation in the Gaza Strip since fighting began nearly 17 months ago. Five Palestinian police officers were killed and 18 people were arrested in the raid, which Israel said was a response to Sunday's launch of two rockets into the Negev desert by the militant Islamic group Hamas.
February 11, 2002 |
Palestinian gunmen killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded four other people outside the Israeli army's southern command headquarters in Beersheba on Sunday as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned home from Washington.
January 18, 2002 |
A Palestinian militant armed with a gun and grenades burst into a crowded banquet hall in northern Israel late Thursday and opened fire on the dancing guests at a young girl's bat mitzvah. At least six people were shot to death and 30 others were wounded before police and enraged guests overpowered and killed the assailant. The attack in the city of Hadera came as a relative lull in violence evaporated, along with hopes for a breakthrough after more than 15 months of bloodletting.
January 3, 2002 |
With the return to the region today of the United States' special Middle East envoy, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces new pressure to move into broader diplomatic talks with the Palestinians--something he has steadfastly resisted. Retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni will be picking up the pieces of his earlier peace-seeking mission, which coincided with a surge in violence before ending in failure last month. The U.S.
December 16, 2001 |
The U.S. government, alarmed at some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in months, recalled its special Mideast envoy Saturday for consultations after his attempts to broker a cease-fire failed, while the Israeli army hunted the Gaza Strip for Palestinians suspected of terror activity. Israeli armor and infantry killed five Palestinians in a daylong sweep through the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun and in Rafah to the south.