Syria's ambassador to the United Nations has demanded that agents of the international body investigate three alleged chemical weapons attacks against Syrian soldiers. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said the attacks occurred on August 22, 24 and 25 in three suburbs of the Syrian capital and dozens of soldiers are being treated for inhaling nerve gas.
A Syrian Carmelite nun has said hat the August 21 chemical attack outside Damascus was faked, and argued that Islamist rebels are responsible for the acts of mass murder, rape and looting that have been committed in Syria.
With Congress preparing to vote on a draft resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria, it has become clear that Israel and its lobby in Washington are likely to become embroiled in the political drama.
The Mamilla mall just outside the Old City of Jerusalem was to have been the target of a Hamas bombing planned for the holiday season beginning this week, the Shin Bet said Sunday. The security service has arrested five Hamas operatives from East Jerusalem and Ramallah who were plotting to carry out the terror attack.
Uganda's agreement to take in Israel's African migrants was never put on paper, and even if finalized the deal would only apply to a few thousand of the 55,000 Sudanese and Eritreans currently in the country, according to Israeli officials.
West Bank settlements will not be able to dispose of their trash at a new landfill the government-owned German development bank KfW is planning in the area, its representatives said last week.
Egyptian security officials and residents have said the military has demolished 13 homes along the Gaza Strip border for the possible creation of a buffer zone they hope will reduce weapons smuggling and illegal crossings by militants.
A 48-year-old man shot his wife, two daughters and another man on Sunday morning, before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, Israel Police said. Four of his victims died, and the fifth remained in critical condition. According to police, the man, a resident of an Arab village in northern Israel called Dabburiya, was going through a divorce.
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