Egypt continues to send reinforcements to northeastern Sinai following the deadly attack earlier this week, which killed 16 Egyptian policemen, the Palestinian news agency Maan reported. The agency says the Egyptian forces have successfully exposed terrorist hideouts, killing 60 of them.
Haaretz senior analyst Avi Issacharoff says Egypt's new president Mohammed Morsi now faces the major challenge of combating jihadi extremists in the Sinai peninsula, while at the same time it will have to cope with the tens of thousands of Bedouin, whose livelihood derives from smuggling goods into Gaza and aiding terrorists.
More on Israel's southern border, a group of African migrants that attempted to enter Israel through Sinai is located in a viaduct for the past few days, close to the border with Egypt, and us under guard of the IDF.
Lebanese intelligence recently arrested former cabinet minister Michel Samaha, a considered high-ranking official in the pro-Syrian camp in Lebanon. Reports say Samaha has confessed he planned bomb attacks targeting Lebanese opposition figures and Sunni population centers.
Military appeals court convicted Palestinian Wisam Radi of murdering a soldier during the 2000 Ramallah lynching, overturning a lower court's decision to acquit him. The lynching occurred when two army reservists took a wrong turn and wound up in Ramallah. There, they were beaten to death by an angry mob.
Britain's government offered 5 million pounds (US$7.8 million) to Syria's rebel forces Friday to pay for communications equipment and medical supplies in an effort to bolster ties to the country's opposition.
Responding to a suit filed by Jewish-America casino magnate Sheldon Adelson against the National Jewish Democratic Council, the group head, Marc R. Stanley says Adelson intention is to stifle free speech.
The Israel Pediatric Association has called to end the blood-sucking ritual during circumcision, a tradition that doctors deem medically harmful, but ultra-Orthodox rabbis deem obligatory.
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