Molotov Cocktail

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Molotov Cocktail

An explosive consisting of a flammable liquid like gasoline or alcohol contained in a glass bottle. One ignites the cocktail with a makeshift wick placed in the bottle. Molotov cocktails are used when hand grenades or other "formal" weapons are unavailable or unaffordable. For that reason, they may be used in terrorist or paramilitary activities.
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Material cause--the substance of the event: airplanes turned into gasoline bombs
US troops also arrested 13 ethnic Albanians believed to be members of the Kosovo Liberation Army after finding a cache of gasoline bombs, two grenades and several automatic weapons.
The arrests came after 200 Apollon Limassol fans armed with gasoline bombs, clubs, firecrackers, rocks and a flare gun clashed with 400 Anorthosis Famagusta fans.
Pakistani officials acknowledged they had been surprised by the stiff resistance the commandos faced from the radicals, who used machine guns, rocket launchers, gasoline bombs and land mines to fend off the assault.
Six stores in a strip mall were hit by an arsonist Wednesday who threw gasoline bombs through the stores' glass windows and doors, causing severe damage to the building just two years after another arson fire closed businesses there.
The US embassy in Bahrain - with Bahrain being the main base of the US naval forces in the Persian Gulf - was the sight of clashes two years ago when hundreds of demonstrators, protesting the Israeli siege of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, hurled stones and gasoline bombs at the embassy's walls).
In the West Bank, as Palestinians lobbed gasoline bombs at Israeli soldiers in Hebron and traded fire with Israeli forces outside Ramallah, Army checkpoints were also strengthened.
The inmates threw stones and gasoline bombs during the course of violence, and two blocks of housing in the camp were set on fire, the spokesman said.
A small group of youths who tailed the march threw gasoline bombs at a television van, causing minor damage but no injuries.
The Widgery Tribunal exonerated the soldiers, saying they had acted in self-defense after being attacked by gasoline bombs and sniper fire.
In the last three days, 1,000 gasoline bombs were seized in Hakkari only.
In a muddy, rainy standoff starting early Friday, protesters responded to police attempts to remove them by hurling sticks, stones and gasoline bombs.