Suspect in Egypt church bombings arrested

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (L) meets with Coptic Orthodox Church's Pope Tawadros II at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo on April 13, 2017, to offer condolences to the victims of Egypt of the Palm Sunday bombings in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt. Authorities on Tuesday said they have arrested a suspect in the bombings. (Egyptian Presidency handout photo via Reuters)
Updated 18 April 2017
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Suspect in Egypt church bombings arrested

CAIRO: Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a man wanted for alleged involvement in twin church bombings this month claimed by the Daesh group, an official said.
Acting on a tip-off, police arrested Ali Mahmoud Mohamed Hassan, one of 19 suspects whose names police made public after the Palm Sunday explosions, the official said.
Two suicide bombers attacked two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria on April 9, killing 45 people in the deadliest attack on Coptic Christians in recent memory.
Hassan was arrested in the southern province of Qena, from where the two suicide bombers also came.
The interior ministry had raised a reward for information leading to the suspects’ arrests to 500,000 pounds ($27,518).
The Palm Sunday bombings followed an earlier attack by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives in a packed Cairo church in December, killing 29 people.
The Daesh group, which claimed all three bombings, has threatened more attacks on the minority, which makes up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million people.
The attacks, weeks before a planned visit by Roman Catholic Pope Francis, prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.


Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during a protest on the beach at the border with Israel near Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

  • It is one of the first rockets fired in recent weeks from the Palestinian territory under Israel’s blockade

JERUSALEM: A rocket was fired on Israel from the Gaza strip early Wednesday, the Israeli army and police said, causing damage in a southern city.
“At 4:00 AM (0100 GMT) Israelis in the city of Be’er Sheva were running to bomb shelters after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israel,” the Israeli army tweeted.
“We will defend Israeli civilians,” it added, suggesting there would be a military response.
It is one of the first rockets fired in recent weeks from the Palestinian territory under Israel’s blockade and comes at a time of renewed tensions between Israel and Palestinian armed groups.
“A rocket struck the city of Be’er Sheva a few moments ago causing damage,” the Israeli police said, without specifying the extent of the damage.
There were no reports of injuries.