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Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down plane

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Russia has blamed Israel and threatened retaliation after one of its military planes was shot down by Syrian missiles in a "friendly-fire" incident. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences".Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria on Monday night as it was returning to Hmeimim airbase, near Lattakia.It said Israel had not warned it about the jets' attack until a minute before, and that it reserved "the right to proper retaliatory actions". Image: The aircraft was heading to Hmeimim air base when it disappeared Everyone on board died when the IL-20 reconnaissance plane wa...
Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

Israel approves 'Jewish nation state ' law

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Israel has approved a controversial law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people - leading to accusations that it discriminates against Arabs. The Jewish Nation-State Bill, passed just after the state marked the 70th anniversary of its birth, was hailed as a "defining moment in the annals of Zionism" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.But critics, including many Arabs, however, said it was racist and discriminatory, planting the seeds of an "apartheid state".The law, backed by the right-wing government, was passed with a 62-55 vote and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament, after months of political argument.Some Arab MPs shouted and ripped up papers after the vote.The bill enshrines Hebrew as the only official language of the state, stripp...
Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

Israel: Falcon dead in arson attack, fuel cargo restricted

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July 17 (UPI) -- Israeli officials have placed new restrictions on fuel deliveries across the Gaza Strip after new arson attacks, including one that involved a dead falcon. Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the suspension of fuel cargo was due to "continued terror attempts" by Hamas. The Gaza border region was hit by rocket fire over the weekend after months of incendiary attacks, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to warn Monday of a "prolonged struggle". The arson attacks have caused hundreds of fires in southern Israel since April and Israeli officials say the practice of setting kites and balloons aflame across the Gaza border started out on a small scale, but was adopted and encouraged by Hamas, an opponent to Israel. Although food and medicine deliveri...
Israel deals 'hardest blow' to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

Israel deals 'hardest blow' to Hamas since 2014 Gaza war

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Israel has carried out its biggest attack against Hamas militant targets in Gaza since the war in 2014, Prime Minister PM Benjamin Netanyahu says.The raids were a response to rockets fired into Israel, he said, pledging more if necessary, but Palestinians said a ceasefire had been agreed.Palestinian health officials said two people were killed and 12 injured in an air strike in Gaza City. Three Israelis were hurt by one of more than 90 rockets fired on Israel.The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it had struck facilities used by Hamas, which dominates Gaza, including a battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, a training camp located in a high-rise building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, weapons storage facilities and ...
Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

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June 3 (UPI) -- Israel launched air raids over Palestinian positions in the Gaza strip early Sunday morning, the Israeli Defense Force said. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted three rockets that crossed the border from Gaza before the Israeli Air Force retaliated by targeting 15 positions held by Palestinian group Hamas, Haaretz reported. "This was an additional IDF strike carried out last night targeting terror sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization," the IDF said. "This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend." The Israeli Air Force targeted areas including a rocket and weapon manufa...