Four Palestinians die in new Israeli assault

Updated 06 November 2013
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Four Palestinians die in new Israeli assault

GAZA: An Israeli airstrike killed three militants in the Gaza Strip, Hamas said, hours after a separate clash killed a fourth Palestinian gunman.
The Israeli military alleged that its aircraft targeted a tunnel inside the southern Gaza Strip used by militants.
A Hamas source said three of its men were in the tunnel at the time of the attack and were killed in the blast.
Hours earlier, one Palestinian was killed and five Israeli soldiers wounded when Israeli forces started destroying part of a separate tunnel they had uncovered last month stretching from Gaza into Israel.
At a sermon before Friday prayers, senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said the clash showed Hamas fighters were “alert and ready with their fingers on the trigger.”
“We are not interested in an unjustified escalation but we have the right to defend our people,” he later told reporters.
“We urge Arab nations to support us so that we can get rid of the occupation and regain our land,” Al-Hayya said.
The Israel-Gaza frontier had been mostly peaceful for the past year following the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.
However on Monday, Gaza militants fired two rockets at a southern Israeli coastal city and Israel bombed what it said were two concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza. There were no casualties reported in those incidents.
The Palestinian Authority resumed peace talks with Israel in July.
But tension has also mounted in the West Bank, where eight Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers and three Israelis have been killed since the negotiations began.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.