Sunday, March 31, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Arab Assaults and Gas Flows

A BDS fail and a strategic advance all in one story. Naturally the Huffington Post has yet to cover it at the time I am writing this:
The Tamar field located off the coast of northern Israel near Haifa is believed to contain about some 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Gas began flowing on Saturday from an offshore rig in the Mediterranean Sea and was expected to make it to an intake center in Ashdod in southern Israel on Sunday afternoon.
"This is an important day for the Israeli economy," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday night. "On the Festival of Freedom we are taking an important step toward energy independence. We have advanced the natural gas sector in Israel over the last decade, which will be good for the Israeli economy and for all Israelis."

And also:
Three women who were part of an aid convoy passing through Libya on the way to Gaza have been sexually assaulted in Benghazi, after a group of five British nationals were briefly kidnapped. 
The three women, two of whom are sisters, were part of a large aid convoy travelling to the Gaza Strip. It is thought that they were part of a group of five people who were briefly kidnapped near Benghazi in the early hours of Tuesday and they were released some hours later. The group is currently safe in the Turkish consul in Benghazi and is expected to return to the UK. 

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