Archive for the ‘cease fire’ Category

Israeli Tanks Move into Gaza; Mortar, Rocket Fire from Palestinian Militants

November 18, 2008

Israeli tanks forged into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing mortar fire from Palestinian militants and intensifying violence that has chipped away at a tenuous cease-fire.

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer

Israel and Hamas have been trading fire for two weeks after nearly five months of relative quiet. The June 19 truce is due to expire next month, and both sides might be trying to dictate more favorable terms in anticipation of the agreement’s renewal.

The Israeli military described the activity as “a routine operation to uncover explosive devices near the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip.” It said two mortars were fired at troops, causing no injuries or damage.

Militant groups said they fired both mortars and rockets.

Palestinian Hamas supporters take part in a protest in Gaza ... 
Palestinian Hamas supporters take part in a protest in Gaza November 18, 2008. The rally on Tuesday was organized by the Hamas movement against the arrest of Hamas members by the security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA)

The tanks, backed by a bulldozer and military jeep, rumbled about a quarter-mile into the tiny seaside strip, residents and Gaza security officials said. Residents said they leveled lands along the border east of the city of Rafah. It was the first ground action in a week.

The tanks did not respond to the Palestinian fire.

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Secret talks led to Pakistan cease-fire

February 7, 2008
By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD, Associated Press Writer

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Two Pakistani officials said Thursday that their government held secret talks with Taliban fighters and tribal elders near the Afghan border before a cease-fire just announced by the militants.
The officials familiar with the talks said they took place at an undisclosed location in South Waziristan, a semiautonomous region that is home to scores of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, many of whom fled there from neighboring Afghanistan after the U.S-led invasion in 2001. The officials would not say who represented the government or how long the dialogue had been going on.

Militant representatives included Siraj….

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Supporters of Pakistan's slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto ...
Supporters of Pakistan’s slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto chant slogans as they arrive to attend a ceremony marking the end of the 40- day mourning period, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Pakistan. About 10,000 mourners gathered at the tomb of Bhutto to mark the end of the mourning period for her death, as her party prepared to resume campaigning for crucial Feb. 18 elections.
(AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistan: Militants declare cease-fire

February 6, 2008
By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD, Associated Press Write

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A coalition of Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday declared an “indefinite” cease-fire in fighting against Pakistani security forces.


Maulvi Mohammed Umar, a purported spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group for militants operating in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan, said that the cease-fire was declared following talks with the government.

There was no immediate word from the government. The Pakistan army has in recent days denied any cease-fire despite a lull in the fighting that claimed hundreds of lives last month.

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Pakistani police officers examine the area after an explosion ... 
Pakistani police officers examine the area after an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. The blast wounded one person in an army district of Karachi, a day after a suicide attack on a military bus killed seven people near the capital and stoked fears about security ahead of this month’s crucial parliamentary elections.(AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Ceasefire after Pakistan border bloodshed: tribal elder

October 16, 2007

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) – The Pakistan military and militants have agreed a temporary ceasefire following some of the bloodiest clashes along the Afghan border for six years, a tribal elder said Tuesday.

Elders have been leading talks to try to broker the truce in Miranshah, the main town in the lawless tribal zone of North Waziristan, after fierce fighting last week that officials say left around 250 people dead.

“A temporary ceasefire has been agreed and four army checkposts in the area have been abolished,” said Faizullah Khan….

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