IDF attacks 15 terrorist targets in Gaza

IDF fighter jets attacked about 15 terror targets in the northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, including a number of targets at a military site for production of weapons, a number of targets in compound belonging to Hamas’ naval force and an offensive terrorist tunnel belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.

The statement said that the air strikes were carried out in response to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Tuesday evening.

“The IDF will continue to oppose attempts to harm Israeli civilians and considers the Hamas terrorist organization responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip,” it said.

Palestinian Arab sources reported earlier that the Israel Air Force attacked a number of targets in Gaza in response to the rocket fire on Ashdod and Ashkelon earlier in the evening.

According to the reports, Hamas targets were reportedly attacked in the area of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza and in the Deir al-Balah area in the central Gaza Strip. An attack was also reported in the Khan Yunis area in the southern Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday evening around 9:07 p.m., the Red Color sirens were heard in the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon and in the industrial areas near the two cities.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said two launches were identified from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory and were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

At the time of the siren, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in the middle of a speech at a political conference in Ashdod. The speech was stopped, Netanyahu was taken off the stage and the participants were evacuated.

A few minutes later, Netanyahu returned to the stage, resumed his speech and said, “If Hamas shoots at us in the middle of the Likud event, it probably does not want us here.”T

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Five rockets fired at Israel, IDF attacks in Gaza

Terrorists from Gaza fired five rockets towards southern Israel on Friday night, shortly after 11:30 p.m.

The Red Color siren was sounded in the city of Sderot, in the community of Ibim and in Kibbutz Or HaNer in the Gaza envelope of southern Israel.

The IDF confirmed that sirens had been activated in the area and said it identified five launches from Gaza.

At least one rocket exploded in a Sderot, causing a small fire. There was no damage. There were no reports of physical injuries, but several people were treated for shock.

Shortly after the rocket fire, IDF aircraft and tanks attacked several military targets and posts belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in northern Gaza.

The siren was heard hours after Hamas claimed that two Palestinian Arabs were killed by Israeli fire in the weekly clashes along the Gaza border.

Hamas threatened to retaliate for the deaths, saying that Israel will “bear full responsibility for this crime.”

The IDF did not comment on the deaths, but said an estimated 6,200 rioters and demonstrators gathered in locations along the border and threw firebombs and explosive devices at troops, as well as approached the fence.

Two weeks ago, a rocket launched by terrorists from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel exploded on a road in the Shaar Hanegev Council. There were no injuries.

The IDF later retaliated by striking a number of terror targets in a Hamas military compound in the northern Gaza Strip.

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Germany: Muslims complain about pig breeding, city bans it for fear of offending them

“Germany: Muslims ban pig breeding,” translated from “Allemagne : les musulmans font interdire un élevage de porcs,” by Anne Schubert, Riposte Laïque, August 28, 2019 (thanks to David):

A vast green meadow – this is where pig farmer Elmar D. wanted to live his animals. But he did not count on the administration of the city of Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr. There, we fear the wrath of the Muslims. We bend, we submit, we flex. Above all, do not offend them, do not refuse them anything.

The breeding of free range pigs is not only a prerogative of these intelligent animals, but also the concept of regional meat production is perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the times. No endless transport or life without daylight. Everything would be wonderful in the best of all worlds, but a Muslim cemetery is more than 300 meters away, and there hoofed creatures are considered “impure.”

Osman Safakli, president of the mosque of Fatih Mülheim, did not wait a moment to protest the actions of the inhabitants: “Is there no other place here to raise pigs? It does not really bother us, but it especially bothers visitors.” Of course, naturally, as expected, he received immediate support from the city, which prohibited the breeding of these pigs in general because of the unilateral sensibility of Muslims. The pig farmer and his animals were out of luck.

For the brave breeder it was incomprehensible, after all, the meadow is not in the immediate vicinity of the cemetery, creating a nuisance is impossible. Yet he hastens to obey. His pigs are sentenced to confinement. The permanent complaints of the Muslims have long exceeded the 350 meters that separate the cemetery and the pasture. We never get tired of being offended, whether it’s about women, dogs, or pigs. Tolerance for others? That we do not know….

Rocket fired from Gaza, IDF responds

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched a rocket at Israel Tuesday. The IDF rtesponded by attacking a Hamas position in northern Gaza.

In light of the rocket launches from Gaza in recent days, the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, yesterday aent a direct message to the residents of Gaza.

“Hostile warmongers, near and far, are dragging you down the path of violence and a loss of stability,” Aby Rokon stated. Islamic Jihad, on an Iranian mission, repeatedly undermines stability and harms the security of the region. You will feel the consequences.”

“The shooting at Israel and toward Israeli civilians will be responded to appropriately,” Abu Rokon warned the Gaza residents. “Israel will protect its citizens, whatever your leaders and allies do.”

“Apparently, the organizations in Gaza favor the interests of Iran over your own interests,” he said, warning that continued attacks by terrorist organizations in Gaza will adversely affect the lives of the residents of Gaza “who will continue to live in the dark because of those who terrorize the Strip.”

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IAF airstrikes hit Hamas camp in Gaza after three rockets fired into Israel

The Israeli Air Force launched a series of airstrikes on targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, the army said, hours after Palestinian terrorists fired three rockets at southern Israel, sending thousands of residents rushing to bomb shelters.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had hit targets on “a military base belonging to the Hamas terror group in northern Gaza, including the office of a Hamas battalion commander.”

Video posted on social media showed a series of explosions inside the coastal Strip.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Earlier, Palestinian media reported that members of the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group abandoned their positions in anticipation of retaliatory strikes by the IDF.

The army said the Israeli strikes were in response to the three rockets that were fired into Israel. Two of the incoming projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

One rocket exploded next to the Route 34 highway in southern Israel, sparking a fire, according to local government.

Shrapnel from an Iron Dome interceptor missile struck an empty building in the town of Sderot, causing damage, the municipality said in a statement.

Video from the scene showed the fragments hitting the multi-story building, causing a small explosion and damage to the structure.

One Israeli woman sustained minor injuries as she ran to a bomb shelter and at least six other people suffered anxiety attacks because of the rocket fire, medics said.

Videos posted to social media by residents of the area showed what appeared to be interceptions by the Iron Dome.

The rocket attack came amid heightened tensions throughout the Middle East, as Israel squared off against its nemesis Iran and its proxies in multiple countries.

Tehran provides tens of millions of dollars each year to terror groups in the Gaza Strip, mainly to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas, which rules the enclave.

The rocket sirens could be heard in the town of Sderot, and in the surrounding smaller communities of Ivim, Or Haner, Nir Am and Gavim, the army said.

The barrage interrupted a large concert in Sderot, known as Sderot Live, causing a minor panic among attendees and forcing organizers to end the event early.

“Israel Police officers are working to disperse participants of the event in a way that is orderly to prevent danger to human life,” police said.

Last week, rockets were fired at Israel from the enclave late Wednesday and early Thursday, prompting Israeli reprisal attacks.

The IDF on Thursday blamed the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad for the increase in violence from Gaza and called for Hamas to rein in the terror group. “We do not plan to accept terror attacks and rocket fire against our citizens,” the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesperson Avichay Adraee tweeted.

On Friday, Qatari envoy Mohammed Al-Emadi entered Gaza, carrying his latest delivery of cash from Doha as part of an unofficial ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. Distribution of the funds began Sunday morning.

Israel has allowed Qatar to deliver regular infusions of millions of dollars in cash to the Strip to help stabilize the territory and prevent a humanitarian collapse and further violence.

Also Friday, some 8,500 Palestinians took part in protests along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, which were some of the largest and most violent in recent months.

A number of the protesters threw explosives, grenades and Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops. The army responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said 122 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, 50 of them from Israeli fire.

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After drone strike foiled, top minister threatens Iran commander Soleimani

Foreign minister Israel Katz says Jerusalem ‘acting to strike the head of the Iranian snake and uproot its teeth,’ referring to Tehran’s Quds Force chief

Foreign Minister Israel Katz appeared to threaten top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Sunday, saying Israel was working to “uproot” the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, who Jerusalem claimed is the mastermind of the foiled drone attacks from Syria.

“Israel is acting to strike the head of the Iranian snake and uproot its teeth,” Katz said in a Ynet news site interview. “Iran is the head of the snake and Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, is the snake’s teeth.”

Katz said Israel’s airstrikes to thwart the drone attack “conveyed a clear message to Iran and all its supporters that they are not immune from attack, no matter where they are.”

Late Saturday night, the Israel Defense Forces made a rare announcement admitting it had carried out the attack in Syria against Iranian forces and Shiite militia members who had been working on a plan to fly explosives-laden drones into Israel.

On Sunday, the IDF said the attack drones that Iran intended to use against Israel  were flown into Syria from Tehran several weeks ago, along with Iranian military officials to act as advisers. The plan was personally overseen by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force commander  Soleimani, the IDF chief of staff said.

Defending Israel’s decision to speak openly about the air raid shortly after it was conducted on Saturday night, the foreign minister argued that the planned Iranian operation “posed a direct threat of attack against Israel.”

Katz said Iran had planned to have at this stage some 100,000 Shiite militia forces entrenched in southern Syria with the capability of readily targeting Israel. “All of these things are things we prevented,” the foreign minister said.

“There is no 100 percent prevention, but when there is information [of further Iranian entrenchment in Syria] we act,” Katz said.

The foreign minister went on to say that “moderate Arab states” in the Gulf have come to realize that Israel is leading the front against Iranian aggression in the region and are seeking to improve relations with Jerusalem.

The late-night Israeli airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces on Iranian targets in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said an Iranian combatant and two fighters for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah were among the fatalities in the strike, along with at least two others whose identities are not yet known.

According to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, four members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force were sent to Syria to form a team that would fly explosive-laden kamikaze drones into targets in northern Israel.

Conricus said the military had been monitoring the Iranian plot for “a number of weeks.”

When the IDF spotted the Iran-led team — made up of the four IRGC advisers and Shiite militiamen — moving to launch the drones on Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force took action and bombed their base.

A satellite image distributed by Israeli private intelligence firm ImageSat International showed that the compound had been completely destroyed.

Conricus said forces had been put on high alert near the Syrian frontier after the attack.

The ambiguity is part of a strategy seen as helping give Tehran and Damascus cover from needing to strike back to save face. Israel has appeared to apply the same strategy in Iraq, where the IDF has been reported to have carried out a number of strikes on Iran-backed militia positions near Baghdad.

There have been few direct clashes between Israel and Iran in Syria. In May 2018, Israel said Iranian forces fired some 20 rockets at Israel, with most being shot down or failing to reach Israeli territory. In response, Israel carried out extensive airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria.

While Israel has acknowledged carrying out thousands of airstrikes inside Syria against weapons transfers to Iran-backed fighters and to keep Iran from gaining a foothold there, it rarely acknowledges individual strikes.

Also Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned neighboring countries that they would be held accountable for any attacks against the Jewish state emanating from their territory, hours after Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria to foil an Iranian drone attack.

“We won’t tolerate attacks on Israel from any country in the area. Any country that allows its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will bear the consequences. I stress: The state will bear the consequences,” Netanyahu, who is also defense minister, said during a tour of the Golan Heights with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

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PM: If someone tries to kill you, kill him first

Netanyahu vows zero tolerance for Iranian ‘aggression’, says countries allowing terrorists to operate will ‘face the consequences’.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday afternoon that Israel would take preemptive action to prevent any future attacks on the Jewish state, following Israeli airstrikes on an Iranian military facility the IDF says was used for a planned series of ‘kamikaze’ drone strikes on Israel.

Netanyahu held a security tour of the north and an assessment of the situation with IDF Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Amir Baram and other senior officers, following the Israeli operation against Iranian forces in Aqraba, Syria Saturday night.

“‘If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first,'” said Netanyahu, citing a Talmudic dictum.

“In a complicated operation by the security establishment, we revealed that Iran’s Quds Force dispatched a special unit of Shi’ite militants to Syria in order to kill Israelis on the Golan Heights with explosives-laden UAVs.”

Netanyahu said the planned drone attacks, which were to have been undertaken by Iranian-aligned militias, were ordered by Tehran and prepared by the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force.

“I would like to emphasize: This was an initiative of Iran, under the command of Iran, at the behest of Iran. In a daring decision, and in a perfect IDF operational and intelligence effort, we pre-empted them and thwarted this attack; we prevented serious attacks. Henceforth we will expose any attempt by Iran to attack us and any Iranian effort to hide behind this or that excuse.”

“I would like to stress that we will not tolerate aggression against Israel from any country in the region. Any country that allows its territory to be used for aggression against Israel will face the consequences, and I repeat: The country will face the consequences.”

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Netanyahu, defense brass hold emergency talks after strike on Iran drone plot

Israeli defense leaders held a high-level middle of the night meeting early Sunday as the military girded for a possible response to an attack on Iran-backed fighters in Syria to thwart a drone attack plot.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also defense minister, made a midnight trip to Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he met with IDF chief Aviv Kohavi and Mossad head Nadav Argaman, as well as other senior defense officials.

The meeting came hours after a rare announcement by the Israel Defense Forces that it had carried out an attack in Syria against Iranian forces and Shiite militia members who been working on a plan to fly explosives laden drones into Israel.

The late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said forces had been put on high alert near the Syrian frontier after the attack.

An Iron Dome anti-missile battery was also deployed to northern Israel to shield from possible reprisal rocket attacks, according to Hebrew-language media reports.

“The IDF is prepared to continue defending the State of Israel against any attempts to harm it and holds Iran and the Syrian regime directly responsible for the thwarted attack,” the IDF said in a statement.

In a statement issued just minutes after the Israeli army announced its attack, Netanyahu hailed the military’s “major operational effort” in thwarting the attack planned by “the Iranian Quds force and Shiite militias.”

“Iran has no immunity anywhere,” Netanyahu said. “Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression.”

“I have directed that our forces be prepared for any scenario. We will continue to take determined and responsible action against Iran and its proxies for the security of Israel,” he added.

There was no immediate response from Iran following the Israeli attack. Syrian state media said it had shot down most of the Israeli missiles.

There have been few direct clashes between Israel and Iran in Syria. In May 2018, Israel said Iranian forces fired some 20 rockets at Israel, with most being shot down or failing to reach Israeli territory. In response, Israel carried out extensive airstrikes on Iranian positions in Syria.

Speaking to reporters early Sunday shortly after the air sorties, Conricus said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of “killer drones” into Israel.

Conricus said Israel had monitored the plot for several months and on Thursday prevented Iran from making an “advanced attempt” to execute the same plan. Then, Iran tried again late Saturday to carry out the same attack, he said.

“We were able to thwart this attack with fighter jets,” he said, saying the Iranian attack was believed to be “very imminent.”

“This was a significant plan with significant capabilities that had been planned for a few months,” Conricus said. “It was not something done on a low level, but rather top down from the Quds Force.”

Conricus said Israel held both Iran and the Syrian regime responsible for the planned drone attack, noting that forces in northern Israel were on “elevated readiness to respond to any development.”

He also noted that while Iranian forces had launched rockets and missiles at Israel from Syria three times during 2018, the use of “kamikaze” drones set to explode on their targets was a new and “different tactic.”

While Israel has acknowledged carrying out thousands of airstrikes inside Syria against weapons transfers to Iranian backed fighters and to keep Iran from gaining a foothold there, it rarely acknowledges individual strikes.

The ambiguity is part of a strategy seen as helping give Tehran and Damascus cover from needing to strike back to save face. Israel has appeared to apply the same strategy in Iraq, where the IDF has been reported to have carried out a number of strikes on Iran-backed militia positions near Baghdad.

In a speech to the UN last year Netanyahu appeared to acknowledge carrying out strikes in Iraq, but has since only hinted at Israeli involvement. Asked about strikes in Iraq, Netanyahu has only said that Iranian forces are not safe anywhere.

A Western diplomatic source reportedly told a Saudi-owned newspaper Wednesday that Israel has conducted several strikes on Iranian-controlled bases in Syria and Iraq with permission from the US and Russia.

Moscow and Washington agreed that Israel could conduct these attacks on Iranian targets in order to “ensure Israel’s security,” the source told the London-based Arabic-language Asharq Al-Awsat.

As part of the reported agreement, Israel would not publicly acknowledge carrying out the strikes.

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Israel thwarted Iranian armed drone attack

IDF confirms strikes against Iranian targets after intelligence reports of planned attack on northern Israel.

IDF fighter jets recently targeted a number of terror targets in Aqraba, Syria, southeast of Damascus.

The IDF has confirmed multiple strikes against Iranian targets outside Damascus following Intelligence that Iran was planning to launch armed drones at northern Israel.

The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last few days.

The thwarted attack included plans to launch a number of armed drones intended to be used to strike Israeli sites.

“The IDF is prepared to continue defending the State of Israel against any attempts to harm it and holds Iran and the Syrian regime directly responsible for the thwarted attack,” an IDF statement said.

Roi Kais, Arab Affairs Correspondent for Channel 11 News, quoted a statement from an official Syrian military source: “At 11:30p.m. the surface-to-air systems identified enemy targets [moving] from the direction of the Golan towards the Damascus area. We immediately gave the order to attack with excellent precision. So far, most of the Israeli missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets.”

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded: “With great effort, we thwarted an attack by the Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias against Israel. I will repeat: Iran does not have immunity anywhere. Our forces work against Iranian aggression in every region: ‘If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.'”

“I have directed that our forces be prepared for any scenario. We will continue to take determined and responsible action against Iran and its proxies for the security of Israel.”

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