Archive for Mid-East News

Hamas arrests 3 Italian security personnel mistaken for IDF soldiers

Only after the Italian Ambassador spoke with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were the Italian security guards released, having fled into a UNESCO building in Gaza, then held for two days of questioning by Hamas security.

By Ynet

 

Hamas on Tuesday night released three Italian security guards held for two days at the UNESCO offices in the Gaza Strip on suspicion of being part of an IDF undercover force. The three were freed following intervention by the Italian ambassador to Israel.

The men, who were armed, entered the Strip to prepare for a visit of Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Israeli satellite photos reveal destroyed missile storehouse after IDF strike in Syria

Following the Israeli Air Force strike at the Damascus Airport on Friday night, Israeli satellite firm, ImageSat International released images clearly showing 3 craters that were formed where an enormous arms warehouse had been standing.

By Yoav Zitun and Daniel Salami

 

Israeli satellite company ImageSat International released Monday images of the extensive damage caused to the ammunition warehouse at the Damascus international Airport following an Israeli airstrike on Friday night.

ImageSat estimates that the arms depot contained Iranian Fajr-5 missiles, among others. The satellite images show the complete destruction of the warehouse, with three craters formed where the military compound once stood. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Iran sanctions Poland

A Turkish news agency reports that the Islamic Republic canceled a scheduled Polish film week two days after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Fox News that Poland was hosting a U.S. sponsored summit, aimed at discussing Iran’s regional, disruptive influence.

By Elad Benari

 

Iran on Sunday cancelled a week dedicated to display Polish films, which was scheduled to take place in February, in protest over Poland’s hosting of an anti-Islamic Republic summit.

Hossein Entezami, the director of the Cinema Organization, said that the activity has been suspended, reported the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Polish films had been scheduled to be shown in February in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashahd. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah leader reported to be hospitalized after heart attack, stroke

Lebanese outlets report that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was hospitalized Saturday in serious condition after suffering a heart attack while he has also been fighting cancer.
• Hezbollah official calls report,  “Zionist lies.”

By Daniel Siryoti, Neta Bar and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been hospitalized in serious condition in Beirut after apparently suffering a heart attack, Lebanese media outlets reported on Saturday. Another report said he also suffered a stroke, and that he has been fighting cancer.

The reports were not confirmed by any official sources. The Lebanese media reports also noted that Nasrallah had not been seen or heard publicly for several weeks, ever since the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield to eradicate the terrorist organization’s cross-border underground tunnels. Continue Reading »

In Egypt US Sec of State Mike Pompeo rebukes Obama Mideast policy as ruinous

In a speech to the American University in Cairo Secretary of State Pompeo said, “Remember: It was here, here in this very city, another American stood before you… told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology,” believing the former US president purposely ignored the growth of Hezbollah in Lebanon at the detriment of Israel’s security.

By Associated Press

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Thursday as he denounced the former president for “misguided” and “wishful” thinking that diminished America’s role in the region, harmed its longtime friends and emboldened its main foe: Iran. Continue Reading »

Egyptian President el-Sisi confirms military cooperation with Israel against ISIS

In a yet-to-be-aired news program, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi  admitted the two countries were cooperating to eliminate ISIS militant jihadists operating in the Sinai peninsula, “We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis,” al Sisi said in the interview.

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

 

Military cooperation between Egypt and Israel has reached unprecedented levels in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with CBS News.

When asked by CBS if this security cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two countries that once were enemies, he said “That is correct…we have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis.”

A new brigade in Israel’s southern front has been established to guard the border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

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Satellite images verify Iranian facility in Syrian airstrike destroyed by IDF

Report issued by satellite imaging company ISI says Syrian site, believed to be an Iranian weapons depot, was “completely destroyed” in the airstrike largely attributed to Israel.

Israel Hayom

 

An intelligence report issued by the satellite imaging company ImageSat International (ISI) on Thursday revealed the aftermath of the recent airstrikes in Syria, largely attributed to Israel.

According to reports, the target of the airstrikes was an Iranian weapons depot near Damascus. The satellite images unveiled Thursday showed extensive damage to the targeted site. A caption on the satellite imagery indicates that the site was “completely destroyed.”

A satellite image of a site targeted in Wednesday’s airstrike in Syria – Photo: ImageSat Int’l

Satellite images verify Iranian facility in Syrian airstrike destroyed by IDF – ImageSat Int’l

London-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that three weapons facilities, belonging to Iran and Hezbollah, had been targeted outside Damascus overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Israeli airstrike in Damascus injures senior Hezbollah leaders

U.S. Dept. of Defense source to Newsweek: Several leaders of Hezbollah have been hit during the Israeli airstrike on Damascus, “Israel’s air strike was conducted minutes after the leaders boarded a plane bound for Iran”

By ANNA AHRONHEIM, SETH J. FRANTZMAN

 

Israel’s air defense system – likely the Arrow – was activated late Tuesday night against a Syrian anti-aircraft missile, following an alleged Israeli air strike over the capital of Damascus. Media reports claimed that Israel struck weapon warehouses near the Syrian capital.

There were no damages or injuries to Israeli troops, the IDF Spokesperson said in a statement. Continue Reading »

U.S. Congress targets Hezbollah & Hamas with anti-human shield legislation

A bill that singles out Hamas & Hezbollah as habitual offenders of an inhumane tactic that violates international law was approved in the House of Representatives and is set to pass in the Senate, before being signed into law by President Trump.

By The Media Line

 

The US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting those who use “human shields” in military confrontations with Israel. The tactic is often employed by Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah organization, who Israel says conceal their arsenals in civilian structures such as schools, homes and hospitals.

The legislation—titled the “Sanctioning of the Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act”—passes to the Senate, where it is set to be approved, before heading to President Donald Trump to be signed into law. Continue Reading »

Iranian navy launches first stealth destroyer

Iran’s domestically built Sahand destroyer apparently has advanced warfare capabilities including anti-aircraft guns, surface-to-air missiles & electronic warfare capabilities, according Iran’s state-run television.

By Reuters

 

Iran’s navy on Saturday launched a domestically made destroyer, which state media said has radar-evading stealth properties, as tensions rise with arch-enemy, the United States.

In a ceremony carried live on state television, the Sahand destroyer—which can sustain voyages lasting five months without resupply—joined Iran’s regular navy at a base in Bandar Abbas on the Gulf.

The Sahand has a flight deck for helicopters, torpedo launchers, anti-aircraft and anti-ship guns, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles and electronic warfare capabilities, state television reported. Continue Reading »

United Nations Refuses to Condemn Hamas

World body routinely condemns Israel by simple majority, but as usual, enacts a double standard against Israel to officially condemn Hamas, so General Assembly decides a 2/3 majority must be needed to condemn the Palestinian terror group.

By ISRAEL TODAY STAFF

 

The United Nations has failed to officially condemn Hamas, even after the US and Israel managed to garner a strong majority in the General Assembly for a resolution doing just that.

Typically, such resolutions require a simple majority to pass. But the General Assembly decided that a two-thirds majority would be required for it to condemn a group that most of the world considers a terrorist organization. Continue Reading »

Amb. Nikki Haley: U.S. to vote ‘no’ on annual anti-Israel UN resolution

Ambassador Haley reported that this year the US will vote “no” on the annual UN resolution that condemns the Israeli “occupation” of the Golan Heights, because “the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,”  while endangering Israel’s security. 

By Elad Benari

 

The US announced on Thursday that it plans to vote “no” on an annual resolution at the UN condemning Israel’s alleged “occupation” of the Golan Heights.

The annual resolution, entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan”, is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16.

In the past, the US had abstained in the vote, but in a statement, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, explained why this year the American delegation would vote against the resolution. Continue Reading »

Embedded Israeli TV Crew in Gaza Reveals Truth in Gaza Under Hamas

  • Hamas encourages mothers to participate in the violence together with their young children in the hope they’ll get hurt or worse.

  • A seriously injured Arab hurt at the border protests is paid $500, moderately wounded is paid $200, & a ‘Shahid’ [martyr] gets $3000 from Iran.

  • Billboards in Gaza city depict Abbas with blood on his face, reading, “Whoever punish us doesn’t represent us.”

By Yochanan Visser

 

It doesn’t happen a lot that Israelis have the opportunity to see with their own eyes what Hamas is doing in Gaza, especially after the start of the ‘Great March of Return’ which started at the end of March and continues until this day. Continue Reading »

Egyptian naval forces kill Gaza fisherman after crossing border illegally

Gaza’s fishermen’s union reported the death of a 32 yr-old male by “Egyptian [naval] fire” after having possibly strayed from the enclave’s waters.
– Gaza’s fishermen’s union announced a 1-day strike in protest of the killing.

By i24NEWS – AFP

 

A Palestinian fisherman was killed at sea by Egyptian fire near the Gaza border on Wednesday, the fishermen’s union said.

The health ministry in Gaza confirmed that Mustafa Abu Awda, 32, had died but did not give further details.

The union said in a statement that he had been killed by “Egyptian fire”.

A fishing boat from Gaza seized last year by Israel’s navy after they found these cans of liquid fiberglass–used in construction of missiles & mortars.

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Nabbed: Bulgarian officials arrest 3 Iranians with fake Israeli Passports

Once again it remains unclear how Iranians successfully traveled throughout Turkey unnoticed with counterfeit Israeli Passports or why they too sought to gain entry into Bulgaria posing as Israelis.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN, JULIANE HELMHOLD

 

Three Iranians traveling with fake Israeli passports were detained in Bulgaria over the weekend, according to a report at The Sofia Globe.

According to the report, the men were detained at the Bulgarian border as they were attempting to cross the Kapitan Andreevo crossing into Turkey, which is the major transit point for entering Europe.

Fake Israeli Passport

The three men, aged 21, 28 and 32 arrived on October 31 and carried Israeli passports that had been “falsified,” the Interior Ministry told the Bulgarian media. Continue Reading »