Explosions destroyed six cars belonging to members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups in Gaza City on Sunday, witnesses said, injuring no one but drawing threats of a response. The blasts hit a district dominated by supporters of Hamas and disrupted celebrations for the Muslim Eid el Fitr holiday. No one claimed responsibility, but Hamas, which dominates the coastal enclave, has in recent months faced violent challenges from Palestinians sympathetic to Islamic State or al Qaeda, and who seek stringent religious rule in Gaza and open war with Israel.
5 December, 2013 Insight: Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) - Armed with machine guns, black-clad al Qaeda fighters drove their pick-ups calmly into the northern Syrian town and took over its imposing agriculture ministry building. The scene in Termanin, recounted by an activist who witnessed it last week, […]
11 January, 2014 No Palestinian tears for ‘criminal’ Sharon Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians on Saturday hailed the death of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, describing him as a "criminal" but regretting that he is now permanently beyond the reach of the law. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also lamented the fact Sharon was […]
6 October, 2013 German embassy employee shot dead outside store in Yemen By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a German security guard employed by the German embassy in Yemen's capital on Sunday as he was leaving a supermarket, Yemeni security officials said, in an attack they said bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda. The man was gunned down in […]
8 November, 2014 Houthi expansion puts Yemen on edge of civil war By Mohammed Ghobari and Sami Aboudi SANAA/DUBAI (Reuters) - An advance into Yemen's Sunni Muslim heartland by Shi'ite Houthi fighters has galvanised support for al Qaeda among some Sunnis, deepening the religious hue of the country's many conflicts, with potential consequences well […]