Syria media outlets report Israeli Air Force bombed a joint Syrian-Hezbollah military position in the mountainous Qalamoun region
• Meanwhile the IAF also hit a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip in response to earlier rocket fire on Israel.
By Gadi Golan, Lilach Shoval & Daniel Siryot
Syrian media outlets reported on Monday that the Israeli Air Force had struck a joint Hezbollah and Syrian military position post in the mountainous Qalamoun region near Syria’s border with Lebanon. Israel did not comment on the reports.
Meanwhile, the IAF on Monday night struck a Hamas military site in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to a rocket that was fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Monday morning. Continue Reading »
Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, one of the most prominent members of the Syrian opposition movement, says Israel should accept a diplomatic role in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.
By KAMAL AL-LABWANI
The events that are unfolding in Syria today are premeditated and organized crimes against humanity perpetrated by regimes and countries that are competing between themselves over regional control and influence.
Israel must denounce and condemn the crimes against humanity that are taking place in Syria. This is especially true in light of the fact that the Jewish people were the victims of such crimes and are well aware of the importance of international cooperation and humanitarian aid in such situations. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Defense Minister Yaalon: ‘Rebels near Israel’s border receive humanitarian aid on condition that they don’t attack Druze and block terrorists.’
By Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Israel is offering humanitarian assistance to Syrian rebels near the border, “on condition that they prevent terrorist organizations from nearing the border fence and that they refrain from attacking Druze.”
Yaalon was speaking at a briefing for Israel’s diplomatic correspondents. He said that the rebels are taking over the Golan and defeating Syrian strongman Bashar al Assad.
Regarding the Druze in Israel and Syria, Yaalon said that surprisingly: “No terror attacks [against Israel] have emanated from the area under rebel control, but there have been terror attacks from the area under Druze control.”
He also said that last week’s lynch attack on wounded Syrians by Israeli Druze, and some statements made by Druze leaders, had “caused a lot of damage,” but he praised the head of the Druze sect in Israel, Muafak Tarif, and the heads of Druze municipal councils, for the way they have been handling themselves. Continue Reading »
In obvious attempt at ‘pay-back’ for yesterdays air attack destroying Syrian missile caches earmarked for Hezbollah, 4 terrorists were killed near Druze border town of Majdal Shams by IAF airstrike.
The Israeli military thwarted an attack on the Israeli-Syrian border on Sunday night, killing four terrorists in the process.
According to the IDF, a group of armed terrorists approached the border with an explosive device near the border town of Majdal Shams, which was intended to be detonated against IDF troops. In response, an IAF aircraft targeted the group and prevented the attack.
The IDF said in an official statement that it will not “tolerate any attempt to harm or violate Israeli sovereignty.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to the events in the north. Continue Reading »
According to Al-Jazeera report, IAF fighter jets bombed bases along the Al-Qalamoun mountains, where long-range missiles are housed.
• IDF responds to queries: “We do not comment on foreign reports.”
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
Israel Air Force fighter jets struck Syrian military bases housing long-range missiles on Friday, the Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite television network said on Saturday.
IAF F-16 fighter jet – Photo: IDF SPOKESMAN’S OFFICE
According to the report, the bases, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, belong to Assad regime brigades that possess weapons such as Scud missiles. The attacks allegedly targeted multiple targets in the area.
The IDF Spokesman said, “We do not comment on foreign reports.”
International media reports have said that Israel intercepted attempts by Syria and Iran to smuggle advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon on multiple occasions throughout 2013 and 2014. Continue Reading »
• Israel’s Prime Minister says, ‘IDF is prepared to act strongly on all fronts’.
• Defense Minister Ya’alon says, ‘we will respond forcefully and with determination’.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Israel’s opponents in the north to take the summer war with Gaza as an example of the magnitude of IDF retaliation for Wednesday attack, which saw Hezbollah forces wound four IDF soldiers in an attack on northern Israel.
“At this moment, the IDF is responding to events in the north. To everyone who is trying to challenge us at the northern border, I recommend for them look what happened there, not far from the city of Sderot, in Gaza. Continue Reading »
Druze residents from their northern Golan Heights villages reported hearing several explosions near Syrian border.
•No injuries or damages reported.
By Ynet reporters
The IDF fired 20 artillery shells at Syrian positions from which rockets were launched at Israel, two of which exploded in the northern Golan Heights on Tuesday. The rockets likely hit open areas and at this stage, no injuries or damages were reported.
An IDF soldier stands atop a tank near Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. – Photo: REUTERS
Residents in Druze villages near the border reported to hearing several explosions, shortly after a Code Red rocket alert siren was sounded near the border. Continue Reading »
Decades after the Mossad smuggled the ancient Hebrew Bibles out of Syria, Israel’s national library asks court to grant it custodianship to enshrine them as “owned by the Jewish people.”
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Two decades after Israeli spies helped Syrian Jews whisk ancient Hebrew Bibles from Damascus to Jerusalem, Israel’s national library asked an Israeli court on Monday to grant it custodianship over the manuscripts — a move that could spark an ownership battle over some of the Syrian Jewish community’s most important treasures.
A library official shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem – Photo: AP
Known as the Crowns of Damascus, the nine leather-bound parchment books — some featuring microscopic calligraphy and gold-leaf illuminations — were written mostly in Spain and Italy between 700 and 1,000 years ago. Continue Reading »
Arabic-language press reports alleged IAF strike targeted sites storing Russian-made advanced Syrian missiles for Hezbollah.
Moscow demands explanation.
By Roi Kais
Two Hezbollah activists were killed Sunday in what foreign sources have said was an Israeli airstrike on military targets in Syria, the Al Arabiya news channel reported Monday. The report contradicts earlier claims by Syrian security forces, who said Sunday that there had been no casualties in the attack.
Smoke trails over Syria allegedly left by IAF warplanes.
While official Israel continues to keep mum on the daylight attack in Syria that has been attributed to it, the Arab press has in the meantime published more and more details about the alleged Israeli assault. Continue Reading »
—– SPECIAL SECURITY REPORT —–
REPORT: Israel Air Force strikes allegedly targeted S-300 missile launchers en route to Hezbollah near Damascus airport, in Dimas & near Lebanese border.
Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.
Alleged IDF bombing of targets in Syria. – Photo: ARAB SOCIAL MEDIA
“The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport,” state television said, adding that there were no casualties. Continue Reading »