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Israel vows tough action after Gaza rocket salvos

Israeli warplanes hit a number of targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier, Palestinian eyewitnesses said. Aircraft hit bases of the strip's Hamas rulers and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, which had claimed responsiblity for firing dozens of rockets into Israel. The militant strikes were the biggest wave of attacks since a major eight-day November 2012 confrontation between Israel and militants from Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas.

Israeli warplanes strike back over Gaza rocket salvo

Israeli warplanes hit a number of targets in the Gaza Strip Thursday night in response to heavy Palestinian rocket fire into the Jewish state earlier, Palestinian eyewitnesses said. Aircraft hit bases of the strip's Hamas rulers and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the Al-Quds Brigades, which had claimed responsiblity for firing dozens of rockets into Israel. The militant strikes were the biggest wave of attacks since a major eight-day November 2012 confrontation between Israel and militants from Gaza's ruling Islamist movement Hamas.

Islamic Jihad claims Gaza rocket salvo on Israel

The armed wing of Islamic Jihad said it fired a salvo of rockets into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. "The Al-Quds Brigades responded to (Israeli) aggression with a volley of rockets," the group said in a statement of an attack which came a day after an Israeli air strike killed three of its members in southern Gaza. my-jad/hmw/srm

Israel drone crashes in Gaza

An unmanned aircraft of the sort Israel uses for surveillance and missile strikes in Gaza crashed in the south of the territory early on Tuesday, sources on both sides said. "A Sky Rider drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip due to a technical malfunction," an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP. "An investigation is under way." The Al-Rai news agency, run by the territory's Islamist rulers, Hamas, said the drone came down east of the southern city of Khan Yunis. Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said its fighters had retrieved the drone.

Hamas unveils rocket statue in Gaza City

Hamas unveiled a rocket-shaped statue Monday showcasing its capacity to strike arch-enemy Israel, as the Jewish state boasted its own haul of captured weapons it claims were bound for Gaza. "Hamas managed to take the battle to the heart of the Zionist entity (Israel) after developing its rocket system, succeeding where many Arab armies had failed," said a leader of Hamas armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, flanked by masked fighters at the statue's unveiling.

12 slain in communist rebel attack in Philippines

Ten members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military on Monday, officials said. At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.

11 slain in communist rebel attack in Philippines

Nine members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military on Monday, officials said. At least 50 New People's Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.

Gaza militant killed, 6 hurt in 'bomb-making exercise'

A member of a Gaza militant organisation was killed Saturday and six more wounded in an explosion as they were learning to make bombs, the group said. "The explosion occurred during a training session in bomb-making," said a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza. The blast took place at a house in the southern town of Rafah, on the Egyptian border. Earlier, witnesses had said that most of the injured, including two seriously hurt, were "activists". az/jlr/cbo/al/srm

Notorious ex-cop to head S.Africa police watchdog

A former South African police officer once accused of gun running and jailed for a deadly anti-apartheid bombing was named on Friday as the new head of the country's police watchdog. Robert McBride, a former member of the ruling ANC's ex-military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), will start his job at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate on Monday. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said he was confident McBride would steer the unit "to become an effective and efficient oversight institution within the criminal justice system."

Notorious ex-cop to head S.Africa police watchdog

A former South African police officer once accused of gun running and jailed for a deadly anti-apartheid bombing was named on Friday as the new head of the country's police watchdog. Robert McBride, a former member of the ruling ANC's ex-military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), will start his job at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate on Monday. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa said he was confident McBride would steer the unit "to become an effective and efficient oversight institution within the criminal justice system."
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