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Essam al-Erian, the acting head of the Brotherhood’s political party, is among those accused of organizing the rally that degenerated into the worst clashes between supporters and opponents of Mr. Morsi since his election in June.
Parties in talks on delayed constitution
TUNIS — Tunisian political parties met Tuesday for crisis talks on adopting a new constitution.
The meeting, called by Tunisia’s main trade union, the UGTT, gathered more than 40 political groups in a bid to resolve the impasse over drafting the text by the National Constituent Assembly.
Reflecting ongoing political tensions, two of the ruling coalition’s three parties — the Islamist party Ennahda and the center-left Congress for the Republic — decided Monday to boycott the meeting.
Security sources say militants fired missile
JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants have made an unsuccessful attempt to shoot down an Israeli aircraft over the Gaza Strip with a surface-to-air missile, Israeli security sources told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday.
In last week’s incident, militants fired a Soviet-made Strela missile at an Israeli aircraft but missed, they said, without specifying what had been targeted.
The sources said the military has been aware for some time that Gaza militants had such weapons in their arsenal, but that this was the first confirmed firing of a Strela from the coastal territory.
The incident occurred as Israeli aircraft were in action during a spike in cross-border violence, with militants firing rockets and mortar rounds.
The latest bout of unrest began Oct. 7, when an Israeli airstrike targeted two Gaza Salafists in the southern city of Rafah, killing one and critically wounding a second.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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