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Israeli Arab Couple Welcomes Quadruplets
By Israel Faxx News Services
Kafa Machmid, a 32-year-old Israeli Arab mother of 5, gave birth to quadruplets last
week, Yediot Achronot reported. Kafa and her husband, Monir, found out about the existence
of four separate embryos during the sixth week of pregnancy. Doctors recommended then that
the parents only keep some of the fetuses to avoid complications. However, after
consulting with family members, the couple decided to keep all four. Doctors from the
Hemek Medical Center explained that giving birth to 4 healthy newborn - 3 boys and 1 girl
- could easily be considered a medical wonder.
Senior Palestinian Militant Killed in Hebron
By Larry James (VOA-Jerusalem)
A senior official of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad was killed by Israeli
forces in a raid on the West Bank town of Hebron Thursday morning. A statement by Islamic
Jihad said that Mohammed Sidr, it's leader in Hebron, had been killed by Israeli soldiers.
It vowed to avenge his death and said Israel would pay a heavy price for the killing.
According to witnesses, the incident began when someone hiding in a building threw a
hand grenade at the Israeli troops. The anti-tank missile the soldiers fired in response
sparked a major explosion that destroyed much of the building where the militant was
hiding. Bulldozers then moved in to knock down what remained of the structure. A man
suspected of harboring the militant was arrested.
Sidr was one of the most senior militants on the Israeli wanted list. He is suspected
of having been behind a number of attacks on Israelis, including an ambush in Hebron last
November in which 12 Israeli soldiers and security guards were killed. He was also thought
to have organized an attack a month later on the Jewish settlement of Otniel in which four
settlers were killed.
Also on Thursday, Israeli troops in Nablus destroyed the family home of the suicide
bomber who blew himself up near the Jewish settlement of Ariel on Tuesday killing one
Israeli and wounding two others. The family home of the man who carried out Tuesday's
other suicide attack in Rosh Ha'Ayin was destroyed Wednesday. One Israeli died and nine
were wounded in that incident.
The Palestinian leadership condemned Tuesday's suicide bombings, but Israel is
demanding they do more to fight terrorism.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Wednesday that he suspected Yasir Arafat was involved
in Tuesday's suicide bombings and he also accused him of blocking progress toward peace.
Palestinian legislator Saeb Erekat denied the accusation calling it "ridiculous and
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon also accused Arafat of trying to undermine Palestinian
Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, who was appointed in April under heavy U.S. and Israeli
pressure to find an alternative to Arafat.
In an interview Thursday with the French newspaper Le Figaro, Sharon urged Prime
Minister Abbas to block Arafat's control of Palestinian security forces.
Argentine Judge Issues Arrest Warrants in 1994 Jewish Center Bombing
By Brian Byrnes (VOA-Buenos Aires)
It has been more than nine years since the deadly bombing of a Jewish community center
in Argentina that killed 85 people. This week, a federal judge in Argentina issued arrest
warrants for eight Iranian officials suspected of helping to plot the attack.
The arrest warrants were issued through Interpol, the international police agency, by
Judge Juan Jose Galeano, who has been investigating the 1994 car bombing for several
years. The attack on the Jewish Community Center was the worst terrorist attack in
Argentina's history, and came just two years after a bomb rocked the Israeli Embassy in
Buenos Aires, killing 29.
Galeano is requesting the arrest of eight Iranian officials, including the former
Iranian ambassador to Argentina. He suspects that these officials had prior knowledge of
the attack and helped carry it out. The United States and Argentina have long-suspected
that Iran helped fund the assault - an accusation that Iranian officials strongly
A report published by the New York Times last July claimed that Iran helped plot the
bombing, and that it later paid ex-Argentine President Carlos Menem $10 million to help
cover up the investigation. The newspaper report was based on a secret deposition given by
a defector from the Iranian intelligence agency. Menem and Iran denied the charges.
Current Argentine President Nestor Kirchner recently promised to open secret files
connected to the case in hopes of speeding up the much-hindered nine-year
Three Women Claim Man Knowingly Infected Them with AIDS
By Roni Singer (Ha'aretz)
A 25-year-old female resident of Ramat Gan filed a complaint with Dan Region police
against her ex-husband claiming that he infected her with AIDS.
The woman claimed that the suspect, a 29-year-old Ghana citizen, knowingly infected
other women. Two other women, including a 16-year-old girl, have filed police complaints
claiming that the suspect infecting them with AIDS.
The suspect, Case Sarfi, was arrested and brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court
on Wednesday for a hearing to extend his remand. During questioning, the suspect told
investigators that he has been sick with the illness for three years, but that he did not
have sexual relations during this
period and therefore did not infect anyone with AIDS.
Safri claimed that it was his ex-wife - who filed the complaint against him - who
infected him with AIDS. During the court hearing, a police official presented a document
according to which the suspect had sexual relations with
many women, and that police have names of some who had sex with him in the last three
years. "I can define the suspect in one sentence: The angel of death walking among us,"
the police official said during the hearing.
Safri's attorney said that allegations against his client raise many questions, since
the woman decided to file a complaint only now, despite knowing earlier that her husband
was ill. The remand for the suspect was extended by 10 days.
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