GAZA CITY: An explosion killed at least five members of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in a tunnel under the Israeli border Thursday, Palestinian officials said.
“Five martyrs were killed in a resistance activity in Saghira neighborhood” in eastern Gaza City, the localÂ HamasÂ information office said, without elaborating.
In other news:
“The kidnappings are increasing, and many in the Coptic community believe that it is an attempt to systematically reduce the population of the Coptic community,” said ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow.–Here.Â Sekulow noted that the 550 figure far exceeds the approximately 300 Nigerian school girls recently kidnapped and forced to convert by Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram
The removal of Qaddafy led to the collapse of the Libyan state. The NATO forces that brought around the collapse of that regime did not give any thought to what the fall of Qaddafy would require them to do — establish a naval blockade to prevent all ships and boats from getting from the southern littoral of the Mediterranean to the northern one.–Here.
Â Iraq Crisis:
FromÂ Yahoo News
Lebanese security forces have raided a hotel and arrested at least 17 suspected Isis militants on suspicion of plotting to kill a leading Shiite politician.
The militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were held for planning to assassinate Nabih Berri, the parliamentary speaker and leader of the Shiite Amal political party,Â and Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, head ofÂ Lebanon‘s General Security Directorate, local news websiteÂ NOW Lebanon reported.
Approximately 200 armed officers from Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces swooped on the Napoleon Hotel, blocking off streets in West Beirut’s main commercial district.
The officers forced civilians off the street before leading 12 suspected militants, with their heads covered, into cars. Five other suspects were arrested in the surrounding area.