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Egyptian forces kill 11 militants in Sinaiupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 20:55:00

The Egyptian military's campaign against suspected militant Jihadi cells holed up in the Sinai peninsula has killed 11 terrorists and captured 23, Egypt's defense ministry said Wednesday.

Three policemen wounded in Sinai updated: Sat Aug 18 2012 15:56:00

Masked assailants attacked Egyptian policemen returning from a raid in Sinai on Saturday, wounding three, a security source said.

Official: Yemeni militants infiltrated Egypt before Rafah attackupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 22:35:00

Ten Yemeni militants infiltrated Egyptian soil two months ago and trained local Jihadi cells in the Sinai peninsula, a security official said Friday.

Egyptian forces raid Sinai militants, source saysupdated: Sun Aug 12 2012 12:03:00

Egyptian forces raided a militant area in Sinai on Sunday, leaving five dead as the government struggles to clamp down on attacks against its troops, a security source said.

Source: 11 Palestinians arrested in Egypt's Sinai areaupdated: Sat Aug 11 2012 08:45:00

Eleven Palestinians have been arrested in the past two days in Egypt's Sinai area, where clashes have erupted in recent days between militants and security forces, a senior Egyptian security official said Saturday.

Violence flares again in Egypt's North Sinaiupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 09:29:00

Masked gunmen on motorbikes fired at a police station in North Sinai early Friday in the latest in a string of violent acts in the area, a police official who is not authorized to speak to the media told CNN.

Gunmen attack checkpoints, cement factory in Egyptupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 11:44:00

Masked gunmen launched six simultaneous attacks in Egypt's North Sinai early Wednesday, wounding a police officer and a civilian, said Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of North Sinai security.

15 Egyptian soldiers killed in attack on army checkpointupdated: Sun Aug 05 2012 18:40:00

At least 15 Egyptian solders were killed and nine others wounded Sunday when masked men attacked an army checkpoint in Rafah, near the border with Gaza, a North Sinai security official said.

Israelis release Palestinian ex-footballer imprisoned without chargeupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 14:29:00

Thousands in Gaza welcomed Mahmoud Sarsak's release from an Israeli prison hospital Tuesday after the former Palestinian national footballer was imprisoned for three years without charge, officials said.

Israeli airstrikes kill 11, Palestinian sources sayupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 19:41:00

Eleven Palestinians were killed and at least four critically injured Friday and early Saturday after a series of Israeli airstrikes targeted suspected militants across Gaza, according to Palestinian medical officials.

Gaza explosion kills militant leaderupdated: Sat Jan 14 2012 12:46:00

An explosion at a home in the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed a leader of the Palestinian militant group, the Popular Resistance Committees,Saturday night, according to security and medical sources.

Both Palestinians and Israelis celebrate prisoner swapupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 13:04:00

They hugged at the Rafah border crossing. Cheered in Gaza City. And in Mitzpe Hila, Israel, they gave a hero's welcome for the young soldier who last saw his hometown five years ago.

First video of Israeli soldier releaseupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 13:04:00

Former Hamas captive, Gilad Shalit returning to Israel

Israel says it killed Islamic Jihad militant in airstrikeupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 04:55:00

Israeli aircraft were in action Wednesday morning in at least three strikes against militants who targeted Israelis, the country's military said.

Attacks focus attention on Islamist extremists in Egypt -- and tunnelsupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 15:30:00

The attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers Thursday have exposed the deteriorating security situation on the Egyptian side of the desert border, and the easy access to weapons in an area renowned for smuggling and lawlessness.

Israeli attacks on Palestinian militant bases kill 1updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 04:52:00

Airstrikes following a rocket attack targeted Palestinian militants in Gaza early Tuesday, the Israeli military reported.

Airstrikes wound three in Gazaupdated: Mon Aug 15 2011 22:07:00

At least four airstrikes hit Gaza early Tuesday, leaving two people critically wounded and a third on life support, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Officials: Egypt to target al Qaeda cells said to be training in Sinaiupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 03:50:00

Egyptian military and intelligence officials say they are preparing to launch an operation against al Qaeda cells that have recently been established in the restive Sinai peninsula.

Sinai's Bedouin smugglersupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 08:54:00

CNN's Diana Magnay meets some of the Bedouin who control Rafah's tunnel economy.

Smuggling along a tense border a lifeblood of Bedouinupdated: Tue Jun 14 2011 08:54:00

The Bedouin tribesmen of North Sinai are restive.

Rafah Crossing opened, officials sayupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 06:18:00

The Rafah Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt is open for travelers in both directions after days of closures, Palestinian officials said Wednesday.

Hamas closes traffic to Egypt until visa demands metupdated: Sun Jun 05 2011 20:46:00

Hamas on Sunday said it would keep the Palestinian side of the Rafah Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt closed until the Egyptian government allows more Palestinians to cross the border each day and relax certain visa requirements.

Palestinians storm gate at Rafah Crossingupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 09:58:00

Palestinians traveling to Egypt stormed a gate at the border crossing on Saturday after waiting for hours in buses, Gaza officials told CNN.

Explosion kills 3 Palestinians in southern Gazaupdated: Tue May 31 2011 10:03:00

Three Palestinian militants died Tuesday in an explosion near the the southern Gaza city of Rafah, Hamas security and Gaza medical services officials told CNN.

Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla rememberedupdated: Mon May 30 2011 17:41:00

On the first anniversary of the Israeli raid on a flotilla headed to Gaza, organizers of another flotilla planned for June held a news conference Monday that concluded with a minute of silence for the nine activists killed in that raid.

Egypt reopens border with Gazaupdated: Sat May 28 2011 13:45:00

In a highly symbolic break with previous policy, Egypt reopened its border crossing into Gaza on Saturday, opening the door for Palestinians to the outside world and raising fears among some Israelis that militant attacks will increase.

Egyptian tunnel town faces up to changeupdated: Thu May 26 2011 09:37:00

El-Aseel restaurant - which translates as Original or Pure in Arabic -- is tucked away on the third floor of a run-down building in the Egyptian border-town of Rafah, minutes from Gaza.

February: Rafah crossing opens againupdated: Thu May 26 2011 07:56:00

In February, the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza briefly re-opened. CNN's Kevin Flower reports.

Egypt to open Gaza border crossing at Rafahupdated: Thu May 26 2011 07:56:00

Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing into Gaza beginning Saturday, an Egyptian official reported Wednesday. The move provides Gazans with an open door to the outside world for the first time in four years.

Gazans hope opening Egypt border will ease blockadeupdated: Fri May 13 2011 06:22:00

Palestinians are waiting to see if a promise by Egypt to open its border with Gaza will ease the suffering caused by the four-year blockade of the territory.

Gaza tunnel collapse kills 4updated: Tue Apr 12 2011 16:17:00

Four people died and four others were injured when a tunnel collapsed near Rafah in southern Gaza Tuesday, Palestinian medical and security sources told CNN.

Israel targets Hamas in Gaza strikesupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 19:09:00

Israeli forces struck targets in Rafah and Khan Yunis in Gaza on Friday, killing 12 people and injuring at least seven, Palestinian sources said.

Palestinian dies in Israeli airstrikeupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 16:38:00

Israeli airstrikes in southern Gaza killed one Palestinian and seriously wounded another Wednesday morning, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

Christian woman, police officer among dead in Iraq attacksupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 18:14:00

At least three people were killed in three separate attacks in Baghdad and Baquba on Monday morning, Iraqi officials said.

Israel-Gaza border violence renewed amid peace talksupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 09:13:00

An Israeli airstrike killed a Palestinian man Wednesday in southern Gaza, Palestinian security sources said.

Thousands of Gaza kids set unofficial record for basketballs bouncedupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 13:32:00

More than 7,200 children in Gaza dribbled their way to an unofficial record Thursday night at an airport in Rafah, officials from a United Nations agency said.

Four Palestinians killed in border tunnelupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 04:47:00

Four Palestinians were killed, and six were hurt by toxic fumes when Egyptian security forces blew up a tunnel in Rafah, Egypt, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.

Parents demand Israeli answersupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 14:28:00

The parents of a U.S. activist killed in Gaza take their case to an Israeli civil court. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.

Israel fires at Gaza, says weapons facilities hitupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 07:32:00

Israeli fighter jets attacked what the country said were "terrorist sites" in Gaza in retribution for an earlier attack, the military said Sunday.

Tunnel scam targets dirt-poor Palestiniansupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 09:38:00

Poverty-stricken Gaza, where even the most basic goods are in short supply, has spawned its very own financial scandal -- centered on the tunnels that run under the border with Egypt to circumvent the Israeli blockade.

Israelis, Hamas clash near Gaza City, witnesses sayupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 13:36:00

Clashes between Hamas militants and Israeli soldiers raged to the north and east of densely populated Gaza City early Sunday, the 16th day of an Israeli offensive, witnesses and medical sources said.

In Gaza, truce crumbles as diplomats eye cease-fire talksupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 23:11:00

A truce meant to allow humanitarian aid into war-torn Gaza crumbled minutes after it began Wednesday, while Israeli and Palestinian diplomats considered talks that could lead to a more lasting cease-fire.

U.N. response to Gaza conflictupdated: Wed Jan 07 2009 23:11:00

CNN's Richard Roth reports on a flurry of meetings at the U.N. discussing a possible Gaza cease-fire.

Israeli airstrikes hit Rafahupdated: Sun Dec 28 2008 12:42:00

Israeli airstrikes continue Sunday in the Palestinian town of Rafah on the Egyptian border of the Gaza Strip.

Stones vs. water cannons at Egypt-Gaza borderupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 09:54:00

Egyptian forces fired water cannons Wednesday at crowds of stone-throwing Palestinians who were trying to cross into Egypt from southern Gaza, Hamas security sources said.

Gaza-Egypt border clashesupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 09:54:00

According to Hamas, Egyptian troops fired water cannons at Palestinians crowding the Gaza border. Egyptian Gaza Border to Reopenupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 09:00:00

Egypt will reopen its Rafah border crossing with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip for two days this week to allow hundreds of stranded on both sides to cross

Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad chief, sources sayupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 21:44:00

One person was killed and three were wounded Wednesday in an Israeli airstrike targeting a metal shop in Rafah, according to Palestinian security and medical sources.

5 dead in Gaza car bombing, airstrikesupdated: Sat Apr 19 2008 15:55:00

Three Palestinian militants were killed and 13 Israeli soldiers wounded when one of two explosives-laden cars blew up at a Gaza border crossing Saturday, an Israeli spokeswoman said.

Israel kills 4 Palestinians in Gaza operationupdated: Sun Feb 17 2008 11:11:00

An Israeli airstrike killed at least three Palestinians and wounded 16 others Sunday in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

Gaza airstrike aftermathupdated: Sun Feb 17 2008 11:11:00

People gather around the rubble made by a possible Israeli airstrike in the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza.

Enraged over injured boy, Israelis protest rocket attacksupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 17:08:00

After an 8-year-old boy lost his leg in a rocket attack over the weekend, angry residents of Sderot in southern Israel protested in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Monday, demanding the government do more to prevent such attacks on their town.

Jerusalem protestsupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 17:08:00

Residents of Sderot, Israel journey to Jerusalem to protest ongoing rocket attacks.

Israeli boy loses leg in rocket attackupdated: Sun Feb 10 2008 10:35:00

Israeli troops carried out four aerial attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza after an 8-year-old boy lost his leg in a rocket attack into Israel from the territory.

Attackers slipped into Israel via Egypt, militant saysupdated: Mon Feb 04 2008 12:36:00

Two Palestinians left Gaza across the recently breached border with Egypt and then entered Israel to carry out a suicide bombing Monday, a militant spokesman said. Putting Humpty Together Again in Gaza updated: Fri Feb 01 2008 12:00:00

Analysis: Israel wants Egypt to reseal the border. But to do that Egypt needs agreements with both Hamas and President Abbas -- and the Palestinians aren't talking to each other

'Dozens hurt' in Gaza border clashesupdated: Sun Jan 27 2008 02:38:00

At least 38 Egyptian security force members have been hurt in clashes as riot police and armored vehicles sought to restore control over crowds continuing to move through a breached border wall between Egypt and Gaza, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Saturday.

Gazans find Egypt's border door shuttingupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 20:30:00

Despite an Egyptian official's pledge to keep the border with Gaza open as long as there is a humanitarian crisis, Egyptian forces Friday started clamping down on the free flow of Palestinians.

Goods, people cross freely in Gaza border bazaarupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 13:58:00

Tens of thousands of Palestinians jammed the Egypt-Gaza border region Thursday, picking up everything from camels to cigarettes in Egypt, a day after overrunning the border wall.

Israel expects Egypt to 'solve the problem' of mass border crossingupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 18:59:00

Israel said Wednesday it expects Egypt to "solve the problem" after at least 50,000 people crossed the downed Gaza-Egyptian border to buy supplies.

Israel pounds Gaza in response to 'escalation'updated: Thu Jan 03 2008 14:09:00

The Israeli military Thursday cracked down on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza in response to what Israel called an escalation in rocket attacks.

Hamas: At least one dead in Gaza airstrikesupdated: Sun Aug 05 2007 05:46:00

Hamas security sources said two simultaneous Israeli airstrikes on Saturday killed at least one person and wounded nine others near the Rafah Crossing in southern Gaza.

Palestinian militants attack school festivalupdated: Sun May 06 2007 23:08:00

Palestinian militants on Sunday attacked a United Nations school festival in southern Gaza, killing the bodyguard of a Fatah lawmaker, according to Palestinian security and medical sources.

Israeli airstrike kills 3 Palestiniansupdated: Thu Sep 21 2006 04:47:00

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians during an airstrike in Gaza on Thursday and shot at an armed militant during operations in the Gaza city of Rafah, Israel Defense Forces said.

Israel resumes airstrikes on Beirutupdated: Wed Aug 02 2006 01:19:00

Powerful explosions shattered the early morning peace in Beirut on Thursday -- airstrikes which announced a resumption of attacks on Hezbollah strongholds in the city's southern suburbs.

Missiles, rocket fly between Israel, Gazaupdated: Sun Jul 09 2006 11:39:00

New Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza on Sunday, Palestinian sources said, killing one Palestinian and wounding more than a dozen others as Israel continued its push to free a kidnapped soldier.

Palestinian security forces clashupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 15:02:00

Palestinian security forces were on high alert Monday after Palestinian Authority and Hamas security forces clashed in Rafah, resulting in two deaths.

Report: Gunmen storm Gaza officeupdated: Tue Jan 03 2006 19:10:00

Palestinian gunmen late Tuesday stormed a government office in Rafah in southern Gaza to protest the arrest of a suspect in last week's kidnapping of three British citizens, Palestinian sources said.

Israel: Palestinian terrorist target hit in Gazaupdated: Mon Jan 02 2006 08:35:00

Israel launched air strikes in Gaza early Monday, hitting a building it said was being used by Palestinian militants for terrorist activities, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

Ex-hostage vows to stay in Gazaupdated: Sat Dec 31 2005 08:35:00

A British rights activist who was freed by kidnappers in Gaza has vowed to continue her work in the region despite her two-day hostage ordeal.

British hostages freedupdated: Fri Dec 30 2005 15:52:00

Three Britons abducted in southern Gaza on Wednesday have been freed, according to Palestinian security sources.

Gaza crossing to reopen after protestupdated: Fri Dec 30 2005 07:03:00

A Palestinian police protest Friday prompted the departure of European Union monitors for safety reasons and the temporary closing of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, authorities said.

British trio kidnapped in Gazaupdated: Wed Dec 28 2005 12:29:00

Three people, described as a British couple and their child, were kidnapped Wednesday at Rafah in southern Gaza, according to Palestinian Security sources.

Palestinian militant killedupdated: Wed Dec 07 2005 11:26:00

The Israeli military killed a member of the radical Popular Resistance Committees and wounded five other Palestinians on Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.

Palestinian-controlled border crossing opensupdated: Sat Nov 26 2005 05:04:00

Nearly 1,600 people crossed the Gaza-Egypt line in both directions on Saturday, passing through the first-ever Palestinian-controlled international border, according to a European Union spokeswoman, who said the "process has gone very smoothly."

Palestinian militants fire 36 mortars into Israel, settlementsupdated: Thu May 19 2005 04:05:00

The Israeli military Thursday morning said Palestinian militants had fired at least three dozen mortars from Gaza into Israel or Israeli settlements over the previous 24 hours.

Israel: 3 teens killed in smuggling effortupdated: Sun Apr 10 2005 06:52:00

Israel Defense Forces said three Palestinian teenagers who were shot and killed by Israeli military were not playing soccer, but were actually involved in smuggling weapons from Egypt into Gaza.

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestiniansupdated: Sat Apr 09 2005 16:30:00

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian teenagers who were apparently playing soccer in the Rafah refugee camp Saturday, Palestinian security sources said.

Israel orders crackdown; PLO calls for end to violenceupdated: Sun Jan 16 2005 04:55:00

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday that Israeli forces will conduct anti-terrorist operations "without restrictions," while the Palestine Liberation Organization called for an end to "violence against Israelis anywhere."

Israeli helicopters attack targets in Gazaupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 07:47:00

Hours after a deadly tunnel blast by militants in Gaza killed five Israeli soldiers, Israeli helicopters early Monday fired at two metal workshops in Gaza City, suspected of making weapons.

Israeli army commander arrested updated: Wed Oct 27 2004 13:08:00

Israeli military police have arrested a previously-cleared army commander after additional investigation indicated he may have lied about repeatedly shooting a 13-year-old Palestinian girl.

Israeli commander suspended in death of Palestinian girlupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 05:29:00

After launching a criminal investigation into the shooting death of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl, the Israel Defense Forces have suspended an army commander for his involvement in the incident.

Sources: Palestinian militant killed in Israeli airstrikeupdated: Mon Sep 27 2004 10:43:00

An Israeli aircraft attacked a car near Khan Yunis, Gaza, on Monday, killing a Palestinian militant and wounding four others, Palestinian security sources said.

Palestinians: Israeli airstrike kills 2 in Gazaupdated: Thu Jul 29 2004 09:14:00

An Israeli Apache helicopter attacked a car Thursday in the Gaza town of Rafah, killing two Palestinian militants inside, Palestinian security sources said.

Israelis: IDF forces out of Rafah campupdated: Mon May 24 2004 14:59:00

Israeli military officials said Monday evening that all Israeli troops and tanks have withdrawn from Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza, marking the end of Operation Rainbow.

Israeli troops pulling out of Rafah in Gazaupdated: Fri May 21 2004 08:39:00

After a week of deadly clashes with Palestinians in southern Gaza, Israeli troops Friday began pulling out of the Rafah area, Israel Defense Forces said.

Refugee camp hit with Israeli rocket fireupdated: Thu May 20 2004 03:31:00

An Israeli helicopter gunship fired a missile into the Rafah refugee camp late Thursday, Palestinian security sources said.

U.S. sharpens criticism of Israeli action in Gazaupdated: Wed May 19 2004 16:31:00

The Bush administration stepped up criticism of Israel Thursday for its operations in Gaza, and called on the government to exercise restraint.

Explosion at Gaza demonstration kills 18updated: Wed May 19 2004 07:34:00

Palestinians blame an Israeli helicopter strike for the deaths of 18 people among 200 marching in a protest of Israel's crackdown in Gaza, but the Israeli military denied its helicopter fired on the crowd.

U.N. official: Rafah residents 'living in hell'updated: Tue May 18 2004 10:02:00

Israeli tanks, bulldozers and helicopter gunships launched an offensive in southern Gaza Tuesday in what one Israeli commander called an operation aimed at the "gateway of terrorism."

Sources: At least 13 Palestinians killed in Rafahupdated: Mon May 17 2004 03:33:00

About 100 Israeli tanks and bulldozers early Tuesday rolled into the Rafah refugee camp near the Gaza-Egypt border, Palestinian sources said.

Powell chides Arafat's terror talkupdated: Sun May 16 2004 04:06:00

The United States is doing all it can to get the Middle East peace process back on track, but "ultimately reform must come within," U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.

Israeli airstrikes target Islamic Jihad leaderupdated: Fri May 14 2004 04:42:00

An Israeli Apache helicopter fired at least six missiles at the office of Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed al-Hindi in Gaza City early Saturday, witnesses said.

Palestinians: Israeli helicopters strike Gaza campupdated: Thu May 13 2004 07:05:00

Two Israeli helicopter attacks Thursday in Gaza's Rafah refugee camp have killed 10 people, according to Palestinian security and medical sources.

Sources: 23 Palestinians killed in two daysupdated: Wed May 12 2004 07:03:00

At least 23 Palestinians have been killed in the latest round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, Palestinian hospital sources said.

Israelis wound 15, kill one in Gaza, Palestinians sayupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 02:16:00

An Israeli helicopter gunship early Thursday fired into a crowd in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, wounding 15 people -- four critically -- Palestinian hospital sources said.

Palestinians: Israeli strikes kill 4 in Gazaupdated: Wed Mar 17 2004 03:52:00

Tensions were high Wednesday across Gaza as two Israeli missile strikes in a refugee camp killed four Palestinians and wounded 11 others, Palestinian sources said.

Palestinians: Israeli tanks enter Gazaupdated: Tue Mar 16 2004 10:57:00

The Israeli military sent at least 19 tanks across the border near the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza early Wednesday, Palestinian sources said.

Three Palestinians killed in firefight with IDFupdated: Mon Feb 02 2004 01:34:00

The Israel Defense Forces killed three Palestinians on Monday in clashes in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, Israeli military sources said.

Police probe UK activist's deathupdated: Fri Jan 16 2004 08:20:00

British police say they are investigating the death of a pro-Palestinian activist, shot by an Israeli soldier in Gaza.

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