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Ashqelon

Ashqelon (ăshˈkəlŏn), city, SW Israel, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a beach resort in an area of citrus groves and cotton plantations. Ashqelon's industries process agricultural products and manufacture cement, plastics, electronic equipment, and watches. Nearby is the site of ancient Ashqelon, or Ashkelon, whose history dates back to the 3d millenium B.C. It was a trade center and port and a seat of worship of the goddess Astarte. Ancient Ashkelon was conquered by the Philistines in the late 12th cent. B.C. and completely rebuilt. Ashkelon flourished under the Greeks and Romans; Herod, believed to have been born there, greatly enlarged the city. It was taken by the Arabs in A.D. 638, conquered by the Crusaders in 1153 and occupied by Richard I in 1191, and completely destroyed by Muslims in 1270. An Israeli settlement was established there in 1948. In 1955 the modern city of Ashqelon was founded when Afridar, a town established by South African Jews in 1952, and Migdal, a former Arab town, were merged. A national park in Ashqelon includes Greek and Roman ruins and the remains of ancient synagogues. A Roman tomb (3d cent.) decorated with frescoes, the ruins of a Byzantine church, and a wall built by Crusaders are also in the city.
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2; Hall 1929: 282; Gomah 1974: 108-9; Onasch 1994, I: 40; the name, which is typical for a eunuch according to Onasch, can be translated as "long live the king." Sarruludari is also the name of the king of Ashkalon under Sennacherib (see Luckenbill 1927, II; [section]239, 310 and index; Starr 1990: 98, n.
Prisoner Nasser Abu Hamed, prisoner in Ashkalon prison, said that these continued incursions may lead to confrontations with the prisons service, because it aims on breaking the will of prisoners and humiliate them.
PNN Friday 21st September, Abdul Nasser Farwana, a researcher in prisoners' affairs and a released prisoner, said that in Israeli prisons there are around 4500 prisoners in 17 prisons and detention centres such as: Nafha, Rimon , Shata, Jalbou', Eshel, Ashkalon, Hasharon, Hadarim, al-Ramlah, the Negev, Ofer and Majedu.
PNN On Monday 3rd September, Palestinian prisoner's society said that two Israeli special units stormed the room 14, 15 in section 3 in Ashkalon prison, claiming they wanted to search the section to check if the prisoners had mobile phones.
PNN On Sunday, 12th August, Izzat al-Rishq, an aide to Hamas Secretary-General Khaled Mashaal, condemned the incursion of Israeli suppression units for section 3 in Ashkalon prison.
The prisoner was taken to several centers; starting with al-Ram military camp and detained in the bathroom all day long, then to al-Maskobiya, Bi'r al-Sabe' and Ashkalon prisons where he was interrogated and tortured for long hours.
The IDF soldier was identified as Netanel Moshiashvili, 21, from Ashkalon and the Palestinian was identified as Ahmad Abu Nasser from Khan Younes.
PNN On Monday, 21st May, Lawyer of Palestinian Prisoners' Society stated that Ashkalon prisons'administration is still detaining the prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi from Gaza Strip, in solitary confinement,despite the agreement that was signed between the Supreme Committe for prisoners and the Prisons'administration, which stated on ceasing the solitary confinement of all Palestinian prisoners.