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  • Israel opens second int'l airport in response to flight cancellations

    07/23/2014 6:23:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Transportation minister orders that Uvda airport near Eilat be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport beginning noon local time. Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Wednesday instructed the relevant agencies to immediately open the Uvda airport, the country's second terminus for air traffic which lies just north of Eilat, in the wake of the spate of flight cancellations announced by major foreign airlines. Katz convened a meeting of senior civilian aviation officials who recommended that the Uvda airport be utilized to replace Ben-Gurion Airport. Related: • US urges deferral of travel to Israel, increases first aid to Gaza • El Al says...
  • Israel allows 1,500 Jordanians to work in Eilat

    06/29/2014 11:03:38 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 1 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2014 | AFP
    The Israeli government Sunday authorized 1,500 more Jordanians to come and work in its Red Sea resort of Eilat to combat a labor shortage, the tourism ministry said. The Jordanians would enter Israel to work and go back across the border to Jordan at night once their shift was finished, the ministry said in a statement. “I am persuaded that this decision will reinforce peace between Israel and Jordan, and help reduce high unemployment in southern Jordan,” it quoted Tourism Minister Uzi Landau as saying.
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn’t deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region. …
  • Mount Sinai Found!

    02/08/2014 1:58:40 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Simcha Jacobovici TV ^ | June 11, 2013 | Simcha Jacobovici
    For those who have never been to Mitzpe Ramon, you’re missing out. It’s on the edge of the Ramon makhtesh -- Israel’s Grand Canyon. In fact, although it is called a “crater” in English, it is actually a “makhtesh” i.e., a “box canyon”, formed not by a meteor or a river, but by geological processes of a receding ocean. It is the world’s largest “makhtesh”! ... In any event, no one listened, but everyone had a lot of fun. My friend Hershel Shanks who moderated my session chided me for being too confident. He wanted me to have an appropriate...
  • Fearing Terror Attacks, El Al Halts Eilat Flights

    11/07/2013 4:36:34 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    El Al Airlines will no longer fly to Eilat because of safety concerns over new flight paths. The airline said Tuesday that it was canceling its night flights to Eilat. Two months ago, El Al said it was halting its daytime flights to the southern resort city. The decision on the night flights will go into effect in two weeks, when the routes changed for daytime hours will go into effect for nighttime hours as well. "The Civil Aviation Authority announced that it is changing the route of night flights as of Nov. 18 to a route which El Al...
  • Israel army shoots down rocket near Egypt border

    08/13/2013 4:20:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    AP via indpendentmail.com ^ | August 13, 2013 | DANIEL ESTRIN
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town near the border with Egypt on Tuesday, the army said. It was the first time Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket attack on the resort of Eilat, the military said. The incident came after days of heightened tension along the Egypt-Israel border. The army said the rocket was intercepted early Tuesday and that there were no injuries. It didn't provide more details and declined to comment on the origins of the projectile. An al-Qaida-inspired militant group based in Egypt's...
  • IDF Orders Eilat Airport Shut Down

    08/08/2013 10:35:22 AM PDT · by Lera · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/13 | Gil Ronen
    A security assessment led to the immediate shutdown of the southern airport. The IDF ordered the immediate shutdown of the airport at Eilat Thursday to all arriving and departing flights, following an unspecified security assessment. The assessment is most likely linked to terrorist activity in the Sinai desert, which borders on the southern port city. Takeoffs of flights headed north were initially allowed to take place but were also stopped later in the evening. The IDF will open the airfield at Uvda as an alternate landing spot for flights diverted from Eilat. The Egyptian military has been conducting a large...
  • Israel closes Eilat airport over security concerns

    08/08/2013 10:09:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    ap ^ | 8/8/13 | MAX J. ROSENTHAL
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says it has ordered the closure of the airport in the Red Sea resort of Eilat. An official in the military spokesman's office said Thursday that the military has instructed the airport to cancel all landings and departures until further notice. She says the decision was made as a result of a security assessment, but did not elaborate. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with briefing regulations.
  • Rockets hit southern Israeli resort of Eilat

    04/29/2013 1:50:48 PM PDT · by kimtom · 14 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Apr 17, 2013 | Reuters staff
    (Reuters) - Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula struck Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat on Wednesday, causing no casualties or damage, the Israeli military said, in an attack claimed by Islamist militants. The incident was likely to fuel Israeli concerns about lawlessness in neighboring Sinai, where militant groups have stepped up their activities since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's downfall in 2011. An Israeli military spokeswoman said two rockets were launched from Sinai and both hit open areas. Egypt's military said it formed a "technical committee of specialists" to examine whether the attack was carried out from Egyptian territory....
  • Rocket fired from Egypt hits Israeli city of Eilat [Bibi:Sinai now a terror zone]

    04/05/2012 5:29:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 April 2012 Last updated at 02:04 ET | BBC
    A Grad rocket has landed in the southern Israeli city of Eilat, but has caused no damage or injuries, Israeli security officials said. District police chief Ron Gertner told Israeli radio the rocket had been fired from Egypt's Sinai peninsula. He said it struck a construction site close to a residential area shortly after midnight (21:00 GMT). The blast took place as thousands congregated in the resort town for the Jewish holiday of Passover. Rocket attacks from Egyptian soil are uncommon. Attacks on Eilat and the nearby Jordanian town of Aqaba in 2010 killed one person and injured another four....
  • Egypt Denies Sinai Rocket Launch

    04/06/2012 7:31:57 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Egyptian officials on Thursday denied that three Grad rockets which struck the city of Eilat in the pre-dawn hours were fired from the Sinai desert. Mahamoud El-Hefnawy, Cairo's director of security for the Sinai sector, told Egyptian media that the rockets fired at Eilat did not emanate from Sinai. Hefnawy said that "the situation in the southern sector is excellent. There are regular patrols and stakeouts across all roads. If anyone seems suspect they are stopped for inspections meant to stop any terrorist elements from entering the area." He claimed that Egyptian border patrols are constantly present across the sector...
  • New Eilat Brigade to Guard South

    11/24/2011 1:10:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    The IDF's Southern Command is establishing a new regional brigade that will operate as part of the Edom army group. The IDF website explained that the Eilat Regiment "was born as a result of tension along the border with Egypt, that rose following the toppling of the government in Egypt and intensified after the terror attack on Route 12 in August." Eight Israelis died in the combined attack by terrorists who reached the Eilat border area by traveling from Gaza through the Sinai. The new brigade will operate in the Eilat area and along part of the Israel-Egypt border. It...
  • Nationalist MK Suspects Cover-Up of Eilat Terror Attacks

    08/28/2011 4:11:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has filed a parliamentary query in which he asks Defense Minister Ehud Barak why the IDF is ignoring testimony about Egyptian soldiers' involvement in the murderous terror attacks near Eilat. Several civilian eyewitnesses have said in press interviews that Egyptian soldiers were involved in the attacks. They said that they saw people in military fatigues shooting at them from within the Egyptian military positions, or right next to them. "I would like to know why the IDF has refrained from questioning the civilians," the former IDF Chief Medical Officer wrote, "and whether it is possible...
  • Egyptian Parliamentarians Want Eilat

    08/27/2011 2:54:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/8/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    In the wake of recent reports of a joint Israeli-Jordanian plan to link the Red Sea on the Israeli side and the Dead Sea on the Jordanian Side, parliamentarians in Egypt are agitating for the nation's caretaker junta to demand Israel surrender the port-city of Eilat. Egypt has insisted it has a claim to the city of Eilat since it lost the city to the nascent state of Israel in the wake of the Egyptian army's defeat in Israel's 1948 War of Independence, but after the 1979 Camp David Accords the claim was officially dropped. Or so it seemed. The...
  • Eilat Survivor Feigned Death Next to Husband's Body

    08/19/2011 1:00:36 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/11 | Maayana Miskin
    A survivor of the attacks Thursday near Eilat feigned death for an hour after she and her husband were hit by terrorist gunfire. Her husband was killed. Yosef and Esther Levy of Holon were driving on Highway 12 when they were ambushed by terrorists with guns and bomb belts. The terrorists sprayed the car with fire, hitting both passengers and causing the vehicle to overturn. “There was blood on the floor, and I heard my husband moaning,” Esther later told Yediot Aharonot. “I saw that his shirt was covered in blood.” Esther was hit in the shoulder and suffered additional...
  • IDF strikes Gaza in response to attacks; 5 reported dead

    08/18/2011 10:01:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/18/2011 | Yaakov Katz
    The IDF attacked terror targets in Rafah in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, in response to a three-stage terrorist attack which killed seven Israelis and wounded dozens in the South earlier in the day. Five Palestinians were killed in the joint IDF and Shin Bet strike. Among those killed was the chief of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), Kamal al-Nairab. The four others that were killed were also members of the terrorist faction . Security sources said that the PRC was behind Thursday's triple attack near Eilat. They added that the operatives had crossed from the Gaza Strip into Egypt...
  • Israel accuses US of bias over State Department caution

    08/09/2010 10:42:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 8/8/10 | Adrian Blomfield
    Israel has accused the United States of bias and rewarding terrorism after the State Department urged Americans visiting Eilat to exercise caution following a rocket attack on the Red Sea resort. Israel's tourism ministry on Sunday said it was angered because the State Department had not issued a separate advisory warning of similar dangers in the nearby Jordanian city of Aqaba. Suspected Islamist militants last week fired five rockets on Eilat, Israel's only city on the Red Sea, one of which went astray and killed a Jordanian national in Aqaba, which lies on the other side of the bay. There...
  • 4 Rockets Fall In South; None Injured ["near Kibbutz Nahal Oz"]

    07/24/2010 11:40:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 60 replies · 27+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.24.10, 23:50 / Israel News | Shmulik Hadad
    SNIPPET: "Police are working to figure out the origin of the rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday evening and exploded near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, without causing damage or injures. A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel on Saturday, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that the rocket fired at Nahal Oz was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip. The rocket had a diameter of 115 millimeters, and police sappers were working to locate fragments of it to be tested."
  • Rockets hit Israeli resort of Eilat

    08/02/2010 12:33:57 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies · 6+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 2 August 2010 | Anne Barker
    At least four people are reportedly injured after a series of rockets were fired at the southern Israeli town of Eilat. A series of explosions were heard in and around the resort town in far southern Israel near the borders with Jordan and Egypt. Israeli media say five rockets were fired at the city by militant groups either in Jordan or the Sinai Desert. The attacks come three days after militants in Gaza fired a Katyusha rocket at the Israeli city of Ashkelon, and a more crude rocket into the Negev Desert. In retaliation Israeli forces on Saturday bombed two...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Sub seen returning to Israel via Suez

    07/05/2009 6:04:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 1,515+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul 5, 2009 | YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    An IDF Navy Dolphin-class submarine that participated in maneuvers off the Eilat coast last week returned to Israel via the Suez Canal on Sunday according to witnesses' reports. However, an Israeli defense official told Reuters there would be no permanent deployment in Eilat of the German-made submarines, of which the Navy has three, with two more on order. "If anything, we are scaling down our naval operations in Eilat," the official was quoted as saying on Sunday. A senior naval source explained that the "submarines need the open water, and that's just not available at Eilat." "Also, the navy cannot...
  • Russian tour bus crash kills 24 in Israel

    12/16/2008 8:05:28 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 388+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 16, 2008 | Doron Berti
    An Israeli bus full of newly arrived Russian tourists veered off a desert road and plunged down a ravine on Tuesday, killing at least 24 people and seriously injuring about a dozen more. The crash, in the desert north of the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat, was one of the worst Israeli road accidents for years. Soldiers, police and rescue workers rushed to the scene and army helicopters helped evacuate dozens of injured survivors. "I saw people flying out of the windows as the bus rolled down the slope," said one driver who witnessed the crash. Eilat, at Israel's...
  • Eilat Israel, Palestine Economy Hit By Terrorism

    01/29/2007 4:26:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies · 144+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | January 29, 2007 | Joel Leyden
    Eilat Israel, Palestine Economy Hit By Terrorism By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ---- January 29, 2007..... For years, Eilat, a beautiful, charming tourist port city in Israel's south, has not known terrorism. Eilat was never a part of the Palestine Israel equation. The Palestinians never associated Eilat with Gaza or the West Bank. Until today. A lone Palestinian terrorist blew himself up this morning in a bakery in Eilat. The attack murdered three people - the two young bakery owners and an employee. The Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades and Islamic Jihad terror groups claimed responsibility for today’s suicide...
  • Bomber's brother: We're happy Muhammad is the hero

    01/29/2007 10:56:09 AM PST · by Alouette · 22 replies · 653+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 27, 2007 | Ali Waked
    In their mourning tent, Saqsaq family fails to express any sorrow. 'We knew he was waiting for this moment. He wanted to be shahid, and earned it,' brother tells Ynet. He explains that his brother tried to send message to Palestinian factions to fight against Israel, not against one another Ali Waked Published: 01.29.07, 20:22 "The whole family was very happy when it heard that Muhammad is the hero who carried out the attack," said Naim Saqsaq, the brother of Muhammad Saqsaq, who carried out the suicide attack in Eilat that killed three people. "We knew that he was waiting...
  • Bomber entered through smuggling route, officials believe

    01/29/2007 9:55:36 AM PST · by Alouette · 5 replies · 395+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 29, 2007 | Ronny Sofer
    Defense establishment suspects suicide bomber entered Israel from Egypt through breached border, with possible aid from an Egyptian youth. Sources warn terrorists using calm to rearm in Gaza Ronny Sofer Published: 01.29.07, 19:43 Suicide bomber Faisal al-Sarsaq who committed Monday morning's terror attack in Eilat entered through the breached Israel-Egypt border, defense establishment believes. Leaving Gaza for Egypt and then entering Israel from northern Sinai through one of the common smuggling routes along the border is how the bomber was suspected to arrive in Eilat. Ties between the bomber and a young man from Alexandria, Egypt, who was arrested by...
  • 3 killed in Eilat terror attack

    01/29/2007 3:39:43 AM PST · by Alouette · 36 replies · 1,344+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 29, 2007 | Meir Ohayon
    Three people killed as suicide bomber blows himself up in Eilat shopping center, as police search for culprits who drove bomber to scene of attack Meir Ohayon Published: 01.29.07, 10:28 Three people were killed and two others were critically wounded Monday morning in an suicide bombing attack that rocked a shopping area located in Eilat's Izidor neighborhood. Police confirmed that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a bakery in the neighborhood that was bustling with shoppers at the time, dispelling earlier reports that the blast was caused by a gas cylinder. Shattered glass was visible on the sidewalk outside,...
  • Jordan rockets miss US Navy ship

    08/19/2005 7:55:07 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 38 replies · 1,181+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 19 August 2005
    Three missiles have been fired from the Jordanian port of Aqaba, missing a US Navy ship but hitting Israel. Two rockets missed the USS Ashland, an American naval ship docked in the port. A Jordanian soldier died when one of the two missiles hit the dockside. The third missile landed near Eilat airport in neighbouring Israel, causing no injuries. An internet statement, purportedly from a group which says it has links to al-Qaeda, said it was to blame. The statement, allegedly from the Abdullah al-Azzam Brigades, said the attacks were the group's first attack in Jordan and were aimed at...
  • Al Qaeda threatens chemical attack on Tel Aviv [and Eilat; remember those Saudi planes @ Tabuk?]

    04/30/2004 8:05:03 AM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 397+ views
    "Alla knows, if we could get chemical weapons, we would use them against Israeli cities like Eilat and Tel Aviv", said a high ranking al Qaeda member in a video cassette broadcast on an Arab television station and uploaded on Moslem websites on the Internet. He made these statements in response to reports that Jordanian security forces had averted a chemical attack that al Qaeda planned to carry out in that country. He admitted that the organization planned to carry out an attack, but that it was not chemical. "Yes, we planned to destroy the building which houses Jordanian intelligence",...
  • Source: al-Qaida behind Eilat border attack

    11/20/2003 6:20:05 PM PST · by yonif · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 19, 2003 | MARGOT DUDKEVITCH
    A senior security source told The Jerusalem Post that the attack on Wednesday morning at the Yitzhak Rabin border crossing terminal which killed Monica Patricia Teran Norte, 33, of Ecuador and wounded four others, has the markings of an Al-Qaida strike. Al Qaida is increasing its activity in Arab countries perceived to be pro-western - such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan - the source said, aiming to punish these state for leaning towards the West in a time of Jihad. Hitting tourists is also a well-established Al-Qaida tactic, he noted. He also doubted that the attacks were engineered by...
  • New $220m. Eilat (Israel) airport approved

    03/04/2003 12:15:00 PM PST · by anotherview · 252+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4 March 2003 | TAL MUSCAL
    Mar. 4, 2003 New $220m. Eilat airport approved By TAL MUSCAL The Southern District Planning Committee has approved the building of Eilat s new airport, expected to cost $220 million, the Airports Authority said on Tuesday. The airport will be constructed 19 kilometers north of the town, near Timna. Nestled in the heart of Eilat, the current airport will cease operations and be converted for commercial use, once the new facility is open. A target date for completion has yet to be given. In light of the approval, and green light given by the Eilat Municipality, Eilot Local Council, the...
  • Palestinian terrorists planned to fire Katyushas on Eilat

    05/08/2002 6:29:06 AM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | May 2, 2002 | Ellis Shuman
    Palestinian terrorists planned to fire rockets from Jordan at hotels in Eilat. The Jordanian army reportedly captured four Palestinian terrorists two weeks ago, armed with two Katyusha rockets and six mortars. According to the Jordanians, the terrorists planned to fire the rockets at hotels and fuel storage tanks in Eilat, Israel's southern port city. According to the report, published today in Yediot Aharonot, Jordan trackers discovered the terror cell close to Jordan's border with Israel, some 30 kilometers north of Akaba. The chief of staff of Jordan's army gave orders to send an elite paratrooper unit to the border area,...