- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007

GAZA STRIP

8 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks

GAZA CITY — Israeli military forces killed at least eight Palestinians and wounded 25 in an air strike and a tank-led ground operation yesterday, the bloodiest day in the Gaza Strip since Israel declared it a “hostile territory.”

The Israeli army said the raids were a response to near daily bombardment of Israeli border towns, including 20 mortar shells and 10 rockets fired yesterday.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that “we are moving closer to a broad and complex operation in Gaza” to stop rocket fire.

Missiles hit a jeep in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, killing at least four members of the Army of Islam, a small militant group involved in kidnapping a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist and capturing an Israeli soldier. In the ground incursion, Israeli tanks and soldiers took control of Beit Hanoun, a town in northern Gaza.

ISRAEL

Palestinian held in 2000 mob attack

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army yesterday said it arrested a Palestinian man accused in a deadly mob attack on two Israeli reservists in 2000, an incident that became an iconic image of violence and hatred at the start of the second Palestinian uprising.

Ayman Zaban was caught in an upscale neighborhood of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Israel has arrested at least four other suspects in the killings.

Reservists Cpl. Vadim Norjitz, 33, and Yossi Avrahami, 38, were on their way to their army base in the West Bank in October 2000 but took a wrong turn and ended up in Ramallah. They were arrested and taken to a police station, when an angry mob stormed the station and beat and stabbed the two Israelis to death.

TURKEY

Deal with Iraq on Kurdish rebels

ANKARA — Turkey and Iraq have agreed to sign a counterterrorism deal cracking down on separatist Kurdish rebels holed up in bases in northern Iraq, officials said yesterday.

The agreement would require Turkish forces to seek Iraqi authorization to cross into Iraq for small-scale operations to chase separatist Kurdish rebels, private NTV television reported.

The agreement was reached during a visit by Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani. Iraqi Interior Ministry Undersecretary Aidn Khald said the deal would be signed today.

NEPAL

Largest party backs abolishing monarchy

KATMANDU — Nepal’s leading party yesterday announced its support for declaring the country a republic, moving the government a step closer to abolishing the monarchy that has ruled this Himalayan nation for centuries.

Leaders of the Nepali Congress passed a resolution calling for the special assembly, which is expected to be elected in November, to order the world’s last Hindu king to give up his throne, a key demand of former communist rebels.

The decision was announced a week after the former Maoist rebels, who waged a decadelong armed rebellion to turn Nepal into a republic before joining the government this year, withdrew from the ruling coalition over demands that the monarchy be abolished immediately.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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