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Rocket from Syria hits Israel-held Golan, no injuries: army JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday, falling on open ground and causing no casualties, an army spokeswoman told AFP."The assumption is that it was not a stray," she said. An army statement later said Israel had responded with artillery fire at Syrian military posts and that "hits were identified". An Israeli Arab teenager was killed on the border last month by what may have been a rocket, mortar fire or an explosive device, prompting Israel to carry out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions.Sunday's incident was the first of its kind from Syrian territory since Israel on Tuesday launched a fierce air campaign on Gaza with the stated aim of stemming a rising tide of rocket fire by Palestinian militants.But rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Friday and Saturday, without causing casualties.Military officials said they believed the ...

Gunmen kill 25 women in Baghdad compound raid: police BAGHDAD: Gunmen killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people on Saturday when they stormed two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound reputed to be used for prostitution, police and government sources said."Twenty-five women were killed and eight people wounded, among them four men, when gunmen stormed two buildings in a residential compound in Zayouna in east Baghdad," an interior ministry official told AFP. A senior police officer gave the same death toll but ...
Gaza rockets target Tel Aviv, Jerusalem JERUSALEM: Gaza militants fired several rockets towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Saturday, the army said, with no reports of injuries, as Israel continued to bomb the coastal enclave.Three of the four Tel Aviv rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, and the Jerusalem-bound rockets fell short, hitting two West Bank cities."Three rockets intercepted above the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Another rocket hit an open area near Rishon LeTzion," the army said ...
UN to vote on improved Syria aid access UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council is set to adopt a resolution Monday authorizing humanitarian convoys to serve millions of Syrian civilians by traveling from neighboring Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.After weeks of negotiations, Australia, Jordan and Luxembourg drafted the text for a vote. Damascus's ally Russia, which has already used its veto on four Syria-related resolutions since the conflict began in March 2011, has no plans to do so this time."We are close to ...
Netanyahu balancing on Gaza tightrope, for now JERUSALEM: Benjamin Netanyahu, initially accused by Israel's most ardent hawks of dithering over Hamas rocket fire, appears to have found at least a temporary political balance with his punishing air campaign against Gaza.But rivals on the far-right are still snapping at him, some demanding that he strangle the densely populated and impoverished Palestinian enclave by cutting off electricity, fuel and food, and others insisting he send in troops and reoccupy it.And there is still the ...
Iraq Kurds claim oilfields as bombings kill 28 KIRKUK: Iraq Kurdish region claimed disputed northern oilfields on Friday in another blow to efforts to forge a united front against a militant’s onslaught, as twin bombings killed 28 people.The escalating row between Baghdad and the Kurds and the blasts in disputed Kirkuk province, which killed mostly refugees from fighting elsewhere, came just two days before a planned parliamentary session to revive flagging efforts to form a new government.With political disputes deepening and militants on ...
US offers to leverage contacts in search of Gaza ceasefire WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday that it was ready to leverage its relationships in the Middle East to try to bring about a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.The US offer came a day after President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer to facilitate an end to Hamas rocket fire and Israeli aerial assaults that have killed 100 Palestinians in Gaza."There are a number of relationships the United States has ...

 



 
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