Search ends for 100 miners believed dead

Updated 05 May 2013
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Search ends for 100 miners believed dead

KHARTOUM: The search for about 100 workers believed to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan’s Darfur region has ended after nine rescuers also became trapped, a colleague of the miners said yesterday.
“Today the searching has stopped because it was too dangerous,” the man said from the scene of the tragedy in Jebel Amir district, more than 200 km northwest of North Darfur state capital El Fasher. The unlicensed desert mine began to collapse on Monday, and several days later the stench of death was seeping out of the baked earth.
Nine rescuers disappeared Thursday when the earth collapsed around them, the miner said, adding that eight bodies had been recovered.
It was not clear whether they were rescuers or miners.


Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

Updated 18 June 2018
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Israeli planes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

  • The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site
  • “Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months

JERUSALEM: Israeli warplanes on Monday conducted strikes against nine Hamas “military targets” in the northern Gaza Strip in response to incendiary kites being sent into Israeli territory, the army said.
The attacks targeted two Hamas military sites and a munitions manufacturing site, the military said in a statement, without specifying whether the raids had resulted in casualties.
“Fire balloons” and kites carrying flammable material have become symbols of the Palestinian border protests in recent months.
The Israeli army on Saturday wounded two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip attempting to launch incendiary balloons across the border into Israel, officials said.
Since major border protests broke out at the end of March, more than 300 fires have devastated several thousand hectares of fields and shrubland, the Israeli fire service has said.
According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, 400 kites have been intercepted from some 600 launched since the start of the recent protests.
At least 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire in the same time span. No Israelis have been killed.
Palestinians are calling to return to the homes their families fled or were forced from in 1948 during the war surrounding the creation of Israel.
The Gaza Strip is controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas which Israel considers its chief enemy.
The two sides have fought three wars since 2008 and observe a tense cease-fire.