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Egypt: Former President Hosni Mubarak Declared ‘Clinically Dead’ After Suffering Stroke

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Update: Mubarak now said to be in a coma – “Security officials say Hosni Mubarak is in a coma but off of life support and his heart and other vital organs are functioning.Overnight, state media reported that the 84-year old former president, who was ousted in last year’s uprising, suffered a stroke and was put on life support. He was later transferred to a military hospital from the Cairo prison hospital where he recently began serving a life sentence.” Read more

Fox News – “CAIRO – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s heart has stopped beating and is not responding to defibrillation, Egyptian state news agency reports.Egypt’s State TV says Mubarak is ‘clinically dead.’

An Interior Ministry spokesman said Mubarak was moved from prison to a military hospital after reports that he suffered a stroke and his condition had rapidly worsened.

The spokesman Alaa Mahmoud says Mubarak was moved by ambulance from the hospital in Torah Prison to nearby Maadi Hospital in southern Cairo. The military facility is where Mubarak’s predecessor Anwar Sadat was declared dead after being shot by Islamic extremists in 1981.

Earlier, the state news agency said Mubarak’s health condition rapidly deteriorated, with his heart stopping briefly, then suffering a stroke. It also reported that his doctors were giving him medications to break up blood clots.

State TV said Mubarak was in a ‘critical’ condition and had been placed on a respirator. A defibrillator was used to restart Mubarak’s heart after it stopped briefly.” Read more.

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Gaza: Islamic Terrorists Launch At Least 46 Rockets And Mortars Against Southern Israel In Past 24 Hours

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Islamists in Gaza are putting on a bold face in light of the Muslim Brotherhood’s declared victory in Egypt this past weekend. If Israel does not exact a crippling response to these terror attacks, this could end up becoming a taste of what is to come …

By YAAKOV KATZ, YAAKOV LAPPIN, Jerusalem Post – “Palestinians in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket into southern Israel injuring four Border Police officers late Tuesday night.

One of the officers was seriously injured when the rocket directly struck a building in the Ashkelon Coast region. Three others were lightly injured. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the injured to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

The seriously injured officer suffered shrapnel wounds to his legs.

A total of 46 rockets and mortar shells pounded southern Israel on Tuesday, in one of the worst days of violence in months. Israel was expected to escalate its response and Defense Minister Ehud Barak held security consultations late Tuesday night to review various options

36 fell in the Negev region and 10 exploded in the Lachish area. Police bomb squads spent the day searching for rocket impact areas to recover the projectiles’ remains. No one was hurt in the attacks but residents in the Ashkelon and Sdot Negev regions were ordered to stay close to bomb shelters throughout the day.

Israel was particularly concerned with the increase in rocket fire but particularly with Hamas’s declared involvement in the attacks, a clear break from its earlier policy not to attack Israel as was demonstrated during the last round of violence with Islamic Jihad in March.” Read more.

Israeli Scientists Find New Strain Of MRSA Bacteria Spreading In Gaza City, Palestinian Health Ministry Denies Report

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Once they can no longer deny the problem, expect Hamas or the PA to claim that “Zionists” intentionally infected Palestinians in an effort to destroy them …

By Dan Even, Haaretz – “A joint initiative by Israeli and Palestinian scientists has identified that what is thought to be a unique strain of the MRSA bacterium is becoming common in Gaza City.

Dr. Gili Regev-Yochay, a physician participating in the project and a researcher at the infectious disease unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, said: ‘We found that the bacterium is transmitted very rapidly in Gaza. At first we thought it came from a European volunteer and spread because of the overcrowding, but genetic markers of the Gaza bacterium make us believe that it’s a different strain. We assume it developed resistance to antibiotics in some unique process that occurred in Gaza.’

In recent years, the international medical establishment has become increasingly preoccupied with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, like MRSA. It is not enough that medical institutions take preventive measures against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, because it has become clear that they no longer attack only in the hospital setting but are also liable to spread in the general community.

The MRSA bacterium, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is liable to become very aggressive. In September 1999, four children in the Chicago area allegedly died suddenly of toxic shock after coming into contact with MRSA in the community, without having been hospitalized. The virulent strain called USA300, which has become one of the most aggressive bacteria and is known as a ‘superbug,’ has been identified in several individuals in Israel but there have been no outbreaks like those reported in the United States.” Read more.

Gaza Health Ministry denies drug-resistant bacteria rampant in the Strip – “Gaza’s Health Ministry denied a report that a drug-resistant superbug was widespread throughout the Strip, the Ma’an news agency reported Monday… According to the Ma’an report, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedreh said there was no deadly bacterium nor virus in Gaza and the report was an Israeli attempt to destroy the Strip’s health security.” Read more.

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Gaza: Hamas Terror Organization Jubilant Over Muslim Brotherhood’s Presidential Victory Claim In Egypt

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While the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists in the region celebrating a win, the opposition is saying not so fast. It’ll be interesting to see who is declared the official winner on Thursday …

Al-Arabiya – “Hamas leaders and supporters in Gaza Strip celebrated Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood presidential victory, according to preliminary results announced on Monday.

The Islamist bloc’s candidate Mohammed Mursi claimed he had won the election over former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in the early hours of Monday, in line with primary results that were announced later that day.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zohri said that the result, which will be officially announced by the electoral body on Thursday, is a victory for the Egyptian people, its martyrs and the uprising which ousted former president Hosni Mubarak last year.

But perhaps more significantly for Hamas, an Islamist group born from the Muslim Brotherhood which controls the Gaza Strip, Zohri said that Mursi’s win will help break the siege on Gaza and support the Palestinian cause, especially on the issue of the disputed Jerusalem, Egypt Independent reported.

Mursi amassed 13.2 million votes, according to Al Arabiya TV, citing the primary vote counts, which resulted in a 51.8 percent win – against 12.3 million for Shafiq.

Initial results contain a margin of error of about two percentage points, meaning the result may be premature.

In related news, Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, also praised the Islamists’ preliminary win.

‘We, the Palestinian people, follow the political scene in Egypt. We pin great hopes upon the Egyptian leadership, revolution, army, people and presidency to bolster the resistance of the Palestinian people, which has looked to Egypt throughout history,’ Haniyeh said.

‘We hope that Egypt enjoys stability, security and safety and we are still waiting for the official results of the presidential election.’

Mursi’s victory is widely welcomed by many in Gaza, who see it as the first step in the ending of the six-year siege of Gaza, and a great stride for the Palestinian struggle.” Read more.

Campaign: Muslim Brotherhood Opponent Claims Vote Win – “A campaign spokesman for Hosni Mubarak’s ex-prime minister said Tuesday that Ahmed Shafiq has won Egypt’s presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood’s claims that its candidate was the winner and setting the stage for a divisive fight for the leadership. The rival claims carry the potential for a new chapter of unrest at a time when opposition already is growing against a ‘constitutional declaration’ announced by the military on Sunday which robbed the next president of many powers and gave the generals who succeeded Mubarak last year legislative powers as well as control over the process of drafting a constitution. Shafiq’s campaign spokesman, Ahmed Sarhan, told a televised news conference that Shafiq won 51.5 percent of the vote and that the claim of victory by Shafiq’s rival Mohammed Morsi was ‘false.'” Read more.

Australia: Largest Earthquake In More Than 100 Years Rattles Victoria

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“THE biggest earthquake for more than a century has hit Victoria tonight with millions feeling it when it struck just before 9pm (AEST), lasting up to 20 seconds in some areas.

Reports started coming in from residents in suburban Melbourne, and then spread to the northeast and southeast of the state.

Windows were rattled, floors rocked and roofs shaken as the quake struck at 8.53pm.

The Geoscience Australia website was in meltdown as people flocked online to find out what occurred and Twitter went wild and when Geoscience was able to restore its site it had the news that the quake that rocked Victoria was the biggest in the state for 109 years.

A spokeswoman for Geoscience said its recordings showed it was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake, which was more accurate than international seismologist estimates.

Geoscience identified the epicentre 16km southwest of Moe, at the Latrobe Valley in Victoria’s east.

‘Our preliminary information is that it’s a 5.3,’ she said.

The US Geological Survey reported the earthquake was almost 10km deep with an epicentre between Trafalgar and Moe in the southeast.

The USGS registered it as a 5.2 quake, but Geoscience Australia clocked it at 5.3, down from an initial 5.5 reading.

The SES said it had more than 30 calls for help.” Read more.

Categories: Earthquakes
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