Wednesday Morning News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael

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Iran has reportedly permitted access to Facebook again.

**Three more Israelis were hospitalized on Tuesday, suspected of having swine flu. One of the three is a flight attendant.

** Sudan’s defense minister announced on Tuesday that 119 people were killed in the Israeli air strike targeting a weapons supply train in January.

**Rock attacks against Israeli vehicles in the Tekoa area of eastern Gush Etzion on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

**Japan: one of the yeshiva bochrim imprisoned has completed all of Mishna Brurah and hopes to make a siyum. The bochrim are permitted books and reading materials and it appears much of their time is spent learning.

**The Jerusalem-based Eida Chareidis announced on Tuesday it plans to exhibit formidable opposition to Jerusalem City Hall’s plans to open parking lots to accommodate drivers on Shabbos, even though the lots will be operated by non-Jews. The Eida feels the move encourages chilul Shabbos and further diminishes the Shabbos atmosphere in the Holy City.

**IDF soldiers involved in counter-terror operations throughout Yehuda and Shomron apprehended six suspects.

**The owner of a lottery booth in the N’vei Sha’anan area Haifa was robbed of NIS 7,000 as he closed his business on Tuesday night.

**Many chareidi passengers in Ashdod are boycotting Egged’s 85 bus since it now displays adverts on a screen mounted in buses. Some rabbanim have called for a boycott. Belze rabbonim in the city have given chassidim permission to continue on the bus, awaiting a decision from the Rebbe Shlita.

**Brisk Yerushalayim has begun sending letters to homes of students from abroad asking $500 monthly tuition due to the institution’s difficult financial situation. To date, no tuition was charged.

**Two Arabs armed with knives were taken into custody on Tuesday night at a checkpoint near Atarot in N. Jerusalem.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)