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  Al Jazeera English - Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sources in Rafah told Aljazeera.net that the march, which included several thousand-school children and many women, was hit by rockets as well as high-velocity machinegun fire from Israeli tanks in the Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood.
Medical sources in Rafah have voiced fears that many of the seriously injured would succumb to their wounds as a result of insufficient medical care.
The Israeli government said the purpose of the bloody rampage in Rafah was to locate and destroy tunnels used by Palestinian resistance fighters to smuggle weapons from
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/AB4BB24B-AA65-4477-95F3-BF501255D368   (799 words)

  Rafah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rafah (Arabic: رفح Hebrew: רפיח) is a town in the Gaza Strip, on the Egyptian border, and a nearby town on the Egyptian side of the border, on the Sinai Peninsula.
It is the largest town in the southern strip, with a population of about 96,000, of which some 44,000 live in the two refugee camps about it, Canada Camp to the north, and Rafah camp to the south.
In 1917 the British army captured Rafah, and it was used as a base for the attack on Gaza.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rafah   (554 words)

 Rafah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rafah is a town in the Gaza Strip, on the Egyptian border, and a nearby town on the Egyptian side of the border, on the Sinai Peninsula.
Since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada on September 2000, Rafah was a major area of conflict between the Israeli Defence Forces and Palestinian militants.
IDF forces operate in Rafah mainly to search and destroy smuggling tunnels - which are used by Palestinian terrorists to smuggle weapons and explosives.
www.aaaah.org /wiki/en/ra/Rafah.htm   (513 words)

Rafah is a small city in the Gaza Strip situated next to the Egyptian border.
Two major Palestinian regufee camps were established on the outskirts of Rafah after the Israeli War of Independence: Canada Camp to the north of the city, and Rafah Camp to the south.
This decision expanded the demolition from the Rafah refugee camp to the town of Rafah itself.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/palestine/rafah.htm   (485 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Hope crumbles in Rafah as homes are ground to dust   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But that was until the Israeli army turned its attention to the area of Rafah known as Block J. "There was a three-storey building right there," said Mrs Abu Alouf, pointing at a mound of pulverised brick and cement a few metres from her home.
Many were forced into tents just as their parents and grandparents had been when they first fled to Rafah during the brutal upheaval of Israel's birth 56 years ago.
There was a murmur of criticism from the west at the scale of the destruction, but it evaporated amid Israeli insistence that it was part of the "war on terrorism" and because Rafah, isolated on the southern tip of the Gaza strip, was far beyond the world's gaze.
www.guardian.co.uk /israel/Story/0,2763,1165834,00.html   (1097 words)

 MIFTAH--Rafah Bleeds
Rafah governor Majid al-Ghal declared the area a disaster zone.
As Rafah bleeds tonight, the international community must come out in force and demand Israel to halt the murder of Palestinians along with any hope for peace.
As Rafah bleeds, the Palestinian leadership must unite to carry the burden of its people in the face of a brutal occupation and provide them with a way out.
www.miftah.org /Display.cfm?DocId=2538&CategoryId=3   (668 words)

 Rafah newsreel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rafah is home to 100,000 people, mainly living in refugee camps.
Well, according to the Israeli government, the Rafah Christmas operation was intended to destroy tunnels used, it is said, to smuggle cigarettes and weapons under the border wall with Egypt, Gaza’s equivalent of the “Apartheid Wall” under construction in the West Bank.
When Tom went to rescue some other Rafah children being targetted by Israeli machine gun fire, he was shot in the head by a sniper and remained in a coma until dying on 13 January.
www.labournet.net /world/0401/rafah1.html   (1085 words)

 Rafah < Gaza < Israeli Attacks < Palestine < Region < : news   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
An Israeli army officer arrested for shooting to death a 13-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl at a checkpoint in an outlawed practice known as "verifying the kill" was released Sunday after a witness recanted his testimony that the suspect fired his rifle twice into the girl's body, the suspect's lawyer said Monday.
This week an army investigation cleared the unit's commander after some of his own soldiers accused him of giving the order to shoot knowing the target was a young girl, and of then emptying the clip of his automatic rifle into her.
But the residents of Rafah may reflect that their darkest days are occurring as Sharon is trying to force through his project of unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.
www.schema-root.org /region/middle_east/palestine/israeli_attacks/gaza/rafah   (4704 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Horror in Rafah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Israeli occupation army, which had earlier isolated Rafah from the rest of the world, said the purpose of the latest rampage was to "arrest or kill" suspected Palestinian resistance fighters and "locate and destroy" alleged tunnels used by the resistance to smuggle weapons from Egypt.
In the past three years, the Israeli occupation army carried out more than 80 incursions into Rafah in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians were killed and over 1,000 homes destroyed, all under the rubric of "locating and destroying tunnels".
Rafah Governor Majeed Al-Agha described what Israel is doing as "a real holocaust without 'ifs' and 'buts'".
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2004/691/re1.htm   (1041 words)

 (DV) Loewenstein: Return to Rafah -- Journey to a Land Out of Bounds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
There are tall IDF watchtowers everywhere along the Egyptian and Israeli borders with Rafah as well as between Rafah and the Gush Katif settlement bloc on the southeastern bend of the Mediterranean Sea.
The beaches of Rafah, a short walk away for most of the city's residents, have been off limits to Rafahns since the beginning of the second Intifada denying them the only relief they have from the unbearable squalor of the Strip.
Unemployment is nearing 70% in Rafah, with a poverty rate of 83.4% as of the end of the third quarter of 2003.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Feb04/Loewenstein0212.htm   (5869 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel seeks mass Gaza surrender
The massive invasion into Rafah camp - one of the largest and bloodiest ever in Gaza - comes a week after Palestinian militants killed 13 Israeli soldiers in several ambushes.
The intense activity in Rafah camp is thought to part of a tactic to avoid making withdrawal from Gaza seem like a defeat for Israeli forces.
Residents of Rafah camp, one of the most deprived and long-suffering Palestinian communities, have described terrifying hours spent hiding in their houses since Operation Rainbow began on Tuesday.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/3728495.stm   (946 words)

 Israel mounts largest offensive in Gaza in years - World News - MSNBC.com
RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Israeli helicopters pounded this refugee camp with missiles and machine gun fire Tuesday, killing 12 Palestinians, at least seven of them reportedly armed, as troops searched houses in the largest Israeli offensive in Gaza in years.
Israel says it is targeting the Rafah refugee camp, on the border with Egypt, to destroy arms-smuggling tunnels and hunt Palestinian militants.
However, troops sealed off Rafah on Monday, and the road to a larger hospital in neighboring Khan Younis — and the rest of the Gaza Strip — was closed.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4998918   (1049 words)

 madison.com | archives: Kids In Rafah Yearn To Play
Nowhere is this more striking than in Rafah, a city of 150,000 in the Gaza Strip with which Madison residents have been building a people-to-people sistering relationship for the past two years.
Comprising well over 50 percent of the population, children in Rafah live in a combat zone where they are subject to violent death and injury, arrest, malnutrition, disease, home demolitions, confinement by curfews and closures, and school closings.
When the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project sent a delegation to Rafah last January, one of the first needs to be mentioned was playgrounds for the children.
www.madison.com /archives/read.php?ref=tct:2004:12:07:396257:EDITORIAL   (617 words)

 rafah | GAZA STRIP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Rafah is at the southern end of the Gaza Strip, up tight against the Egyptian border.
What terrifies the inhabitants of Rafah most are the towers, tall Israeli observation posts built close to the border.
The people of Rafah joke that they are so used to it they can't sleep without it.
www.littleredbutton.com /gaza/independent.html   (1144 words)

 1/16   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But Rachel had heard about Rafah from a good friend of hers who’d spent time here a few months ago, and he told her about how neglected Rafah is by the world, and by the activist community.
Rafah is one of the poorest and most dangerous places in the world, and Rachel made a B-line straight for it.
She made dozens of contacts with individuals and organizations in the Rafah community, and had an eventual goal of bringing groups of Olympians to Rafah, and maybe even someday groups of Rafians to Olympia.
www.lovinrevolution.org /rafah_writings.htm   (16018 words)

 Gallery :: RAFAH TRAGEDY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
May 19, 04- A Palestinian boy sits at his house, which was destroyed during an Israeli army raid of the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip.
May 19, 04- Thousands of Palestinian protestors marching to the Tal al-Sultan area of the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, before Israeli helicopter strikes on the demonstration killed at least nine Palestinians and wounded 30 others, medical sources and witnesses said.
May 19, 04- Palestinians flee as at least nine are killed and 30 wounded in an Israeli missile attack on a demonstration in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources and witnesses said.
www.palestinetoday.org /gallery/RAFAH-TRAGEDY   (491 words)

 bitterlemons.org - Rafah
The events of Rafah and the Gaza question must be viewed within the broader context of changes in the mainstream Jewish public in Israel and its attitude toward the Palestinians and the Arab world.
Acutely aware that the image of Israel "fleeing" Lebanon due to Hizballah terrorism contributed to the war initiated by the Palestinians in 2000, they fear that unilateral departure from Gaza is liable to promote even worse acts of terrorism in the West Bank (perhaps even among the Arab citizens of Israel).
The Rafah operation is intended not only to strike at terrorists, but primarily to enhance Israel's capacity to deal with them following its departure from the Gaza Strip.
www.bitterlemons.org /previous/bl240504ed18.html   (2974 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Cinderella in Rafah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It was the first time he had touched Palestinian soil since the bulk of Rafah was taken from him by the 1982 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
Egyptian Rafah's main market street was a throng of people buying up cigarettes, cheeses, apples, aluminium pots, herbal medicines, the occasional stash of hashish and the even more occasional gun.
In Rafah, and elsewhere throughout the Strip, there was a feeling that the fairy coach was turning back into a pumpkin.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2005/761/re1.htm   (850 words)

 Ramallah Online - The ethnic cleansing of Rafah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Even in the wider context of the occupation as a whole, Rafah’s situation is particularly tragic, and the conditions imposed on its citizens increasingly desperate.
As the citizens of Rafah are crammed into a smaller and smaller portion of land, stripped of their homes, and enslaved in grinding poverty, the fallacy of Israel’s stated objectives is clear.
The deaths in Rafah last year of international peace activists Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, as well as the BBC cameraman James Miller, have caused ripples of concern across the international community and raised the media profile of the situation in Rafah and the Occupied Territories as a whole.
www.ramallahonline.com /modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1773   (1469 words)

 Life and death amid the ruins of Rafah | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is Rafah, a town and a refugee camp at the southern end of the Gaza Strip that is home to some 90,000 people, and these are not days for flowers.
Against their positions in Rafah, the IDF counts 462 shooting incidents, 1,387 hand-grenade attacks, and 219 cases where Palestinians used antitank weapons, mortars, or bombs to assault the Israelis.
The years of violence in Rafah have turned the areas closest to the border - once a hive of cement buildings - into desolate stretches of demolished or ruined dwellings.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/1029/p07s01-wome.html   (1138 words)

 Rafah - Palestine
Rafah was where Rachel was killed while protecting the houses of Gazan civilians.
Thousands of people stampeded the Rafah border, among them children, women, and men, many of whom had been waiting for extended periods for the border to open, in order to get outside for things like medication and medical appointments, with resources non-existent or scarce in Gaza.
On November 25, 2005, an agreement on the Rafah border was brokered by the Under Secretary of State, according control of the Rafah-Egypt border to Palestinians and Egypt, along with European observers.
rafah.virtualactivism.net /news/todaymain.htm   (4289 words)

 Ben Granby: Nightmare in Rafah
To understand daily life in Rafah is beyond the capability of most foreigners.
In my previous stays in Rafah the year before, I had been further from the frontline but still heard machinegun bursts and tank shells into the night.
The ISM had a meeting with the Rafah Water Municipality to help guard their workers as they set off to repair wells demolished by the Israelis a few weeks before.
www.counterpunch.org /granby03072003.html   (2697 words)

 ZNet |Israel/Palestine | Rafah Reports
RAFAH - Suddenly there was a shout from outside: "Leave everything.
RAFAH - Palestinian families who live close to the Egyptian border learned the lesson years ago: They keep small bags filled with important documents, some cash and a few sentimental items always ready.
Like everyone else in Rafah, the 31 members of Mansur's family waited in the two rooms, hoping that things would calm down in the morning.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=5585   (1427 words)

 CAMERA: NPR Turns to Guardian Reporter for Lessons in Israel Bashing
McGreal was introduced as a reporter for London’s Guardian in Rafah giving listeners the impression that they would be hearing an objective journalistic account of events in the region.
According to the IDF, Israel’s military actions are not to demolish homes but are aimed at stopping the transfer of smuggled weapons, arresting the tunnel builders, and ending the large-scale smuggling of dangerous weapons used against Israelis.
UNRWA later (May 25, 2004) issued a press release stating that 45 buildings were demolished during all of the IDF's 6-day military operation in the Rafah refugee camp, with a total of 155 buildings destroyed over the entire month.
www.camera.org /index.asp?x_article=706&x_context=4   (898 words)

 FromOccupiedPalestine.org : Independent reportage from the frontlines of the conflict   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is Yibna, in Rafah, one of the most desolate sites of destruction in the Gaza strip, where Palestinian children play in the ruins of their demolished homes.
Rafah -- The undisputed facts are these: it was broad daylight, 13-year-old Iman al-Hams was wearing her school uniform, and when she walked into the Israeli army's "forbidden zone" at the bottom of her street she was carrying her satchel.
Rafah -- Residents took advantage of the lull last week in IDF attacks on Rafah to try and nip in the bud a blood feud that had erupted between the Lafi and Abu Ghali families.
fromoccupiedpalestine.org /index.php?or=229&...   (1297 words)

 ZNet |Israel/Palestine | Return to Rafah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I left for Rafah on 11 January 2004 as part of a three-person pilot delegation to the city.
Unemployment is nearing 70% in Rafah, with a poverty rate of 83.4% as of the end of the third quarter of 2003.[14] Malnutrition affects a large number of Rafah's children as does Post Traumatic Stress Disorder[15].
Rafah, a city with a population of about 120,000 (smaller than Ramallah, Nablus, Gaza City, and Hebron) has lost more people than any other city in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since the beginning of the second Intifada.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=4980   (5668 words)

 Discussion: 127. Raphia - (Rafah)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The toponym Raphia (now Rafah and Rafiah), the next station in the map, is only preserved by its first letter, as well as by a very small part of a public building in its original graphic representation.
The mosaicist seems to have associated inland Raphia (Hirbat Bir Rafah, 2,5 km northwest of present Rafah) and Raphia by the sea (Tall Rafah on the sea shore).
Liévin said there were columns buried in the sand where the ruined cathedral had stood and others some distance away, near a fine well to which the Bedouins take their flocks to water.
www.christusrex.org /www1/ofm/mad/discussion/127discuss.html   (732 words)

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