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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-04-16
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Tsipras Tours Ilia16 Apr 2008 21:13:00
By Katerina Ioannidou
Sources: ΝΕΤ-ΝΕΤ 105.8
Seven months after the devastating forest fires that ravaged the prefecture of Ilia, SE Greece, the fire-stricken residents have requested procedures for receiving the financial aid that will allow them to rebuild or renovate their houses and restore damage to their properties be sped up. SYN (Coalition of the Radical Left) President Alexis Tsipras toured Wednesday the fire-hit areas and blasted the Government for "dealing with the problems of the fire-stricken prior to the elections." The problems in Ilia remained, stressed Tsipras, further arguing that such a disaster could not be dealt with "aspirins." Addressing TEI students later on, Tsipras argued that the problems plaguing Greeces tertiary education were still there, despite the fact that last years students struggles had been victorious. "The Government has not learned from that defeat," added Tsipras.
Translated by Areti Christou
 Tension Escalates in Gaza Strip16 Apr 2008 20:10:00
A Palestinian-born Reuters cameraman was killed in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday during an Israeli air strike. Fadel Shana, 23, was injured when his vehicle was hit. Heavily injured, he was hurried to a hospital, where he succumbed to his woulds. At least two bystanders were also killed, eyewitnesses were quoted as saying. The recent Israeli military strikes claimed 14 Palestinians, AFP news agency reported just an hour ago.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a visit to Moscow, blasted the Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip. "President Abbas strongly condemned Israels escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip," said his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina. He said Abbas "called on the Israeli government to immediately stop Israeli aggression and urged all parties to cooperate with efforts to reach a truce and prevent our people from any more suffering if this violence continues."