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Israel strikes Hamas terror positions in Gaza after rocket attack

The IDF carried out airstrikes against two Hamas terror positions in Gaza overnight Tuesday in response to a rocket fired from Gaza which landed in open territory in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.

Ayman Sahbani, an emergency director at Gaza’s Shifa hospital, says three Gazans were wounded in the strike, including a 26-year-old man who was in serious condition after being struck in the head by shrapnel.

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The rocket fired into Israel, which landed in an open field in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, caused no casualties or damage, an IDF spokesperson added.

“This is crossing a dangerous line that Israel will bear the consequences of,” said Hamas terror group after the Israeli retaliation.

Israel has seen rocket fire from Gaza in the three years since its last war with Gaza’s Hamas terror group rulers. Most have been claimed by ISIS-linked Salafist groups in Gaza.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire out of the strip—even rockets launched by any of the various terrorists groups challenging it.

Terror attack on Israeli embassy in Jordan

An Israeli security official who is serving in the Israeli embassy in Amman was lightly wounded on Sunday when a Muslim ‘Palestinian’-Jordanian terrorist stabbed him with a screwdriver in his home. The officer then defended himself, shot and eliminated the terrorist.

Israeli media were barred from reporting on the incident for several hours by the IDF military censor.

The terror attack took place while furniture was replaced in the home of the deputy security officer of the embassy. The deputy security officer was in the home, along with his landlord and two other Jordanian workers, at the time of the attack.

One of the workers sneaked up behind the deputy security officer and began to stab him with a screwdriver. The Israeli, who was lightly wounded, was able to open fire at the terrorist and neutralize him. The terrorist later died from his wounds.

The Jordanian owner of the home was wounded as well and later died of his wounds.

 

In an earlier statement, police said they were notified in the late afternoon of a shooting at the compound in the residential Rabiyeh neighborhood of Amman. It said that two Jordanians had gone into the building to carry out “carpentry work.”

After the terror attack, Jordanian security forces were deployed in the streets around the embassy.

An investigation into the shooting was still underway.

It was not immediately clear how an armed Jordanian got into the embassy compound, one of the most heavily guarded Israeli missions in the world.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israeli security forces are discussing the incident with the Jordanian government.

According to the Vienna Convention he is immune from interrogation and detention, as he is considered a diplomat.

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IAF strikes Gaza following rocket attack

The Israeli Air Force attacked two Hamas targets early Tuesday in northern and southern Gaza in response to rocket fire at Israel from the strip the previous day.

According to Arab reports, the strike targets were two positions of Hamas’s military wing, one in Gaza City and the other in Rafah. No one was reported hurt in the strikes.

A rocket fell in an open area at the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council on Monday night, causing no injuries or damages. It was not preceded by a Code Red rocket-alert siren as the system identified the rocket would fall in an open area.

“Since the terror organization Hamas is the ruler of the Gaza Strip, it is responsible for any attempt to harm the State of Israel,” the IDF said in a statement following the retaliatory attack.

Later, a Salafist terrorist group that is affiliated with ISIS, Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis, claimed the rocket attack.

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This is the fire rocket launch from Gaza to Israel since mid-March. The IDF estimated Islamic Jihad was behind the rocket launch, while Hamas has been working to prevent rocket fire at Israel.

Hamas on its part, accused Israel of making false claims of rocket fire to justify attacking in Gaza. “The Israeli claim of a rocket being fired from Gaza and the ‘release’ of a claim on behalf of ISIS to excuse what happened afterwards—escalation and an attack of resistance positions—are part of a dangerous and transparent Israeli game.”

In its statement, the terror group further warned Israel would bear the consequences of its actions and policy.

Errant Syrian crossfire into Israeli Golan for second time in two days

Fire exchanges between the Syrian army and opposition forces spilled over into the Israeli Golan Heights again on Sunday, even after the IDF’s aggressive retaliation the previous day to 10 errant projectiles that fell inside Israel.

No one was hurt in Sunday’s incident and no damage has been reported.

Sunday’s projectiles fell near Quneitra, in the same area as the projectiles on Saturday. According to initial estimates, there were only a handful of projectiles that fell inside Israeli territory.

In a similar instruction to Saturday, the IDF has asked farmers not work at plantations near the border in the Quneitra area. Despite that, all roads remain open and there have been no other special instruction for the civilian population in the area.

The Israel Defense Forces said, Sunday evening, that they attacked two cannons and an ammunition truck belonging to the Syrian regime in the northern Golan Heights, in response to the earlier leaks of mortar fire into Israeli territory.

The IDF said it is not a party and is not involved in the internal Syrian fighting, but nevertheless takes seriously any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of the state of Israel and the security of its residents, and views the Syrian regime responsible for what is happening in its territory.

Israel targets Assad positions in response to Golan crossfire

The IDF reportedly launched an attack against several Syrian regime targets near the Golan Heights on Saturday in retaliation for fighting that spilled over into Israeli territory earlier in the day.

The mortar shells landed in open areas causing no damage or casualties and were believed to be stray fire from fighting between the Syrian government forces and rebels.

Two hours after the projectiles landed, the IDF announced that “IAF aircraft targeted the position from which the launches originated.”

“Furthermore, the IAF targeted two tanks belonging to the Syrian regime in the Northern Syrian Golan Heights.”

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An official protest has been filed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force that monitors the border, the statement added.

An hour after notifying of the errant fire, the IDF released a further statement saying it had instructed civilians to refrain from moving and gathering in open areas adjacent to the border area.

The IDF Spokesperson’s office released footage on Saturday evening of the Israeli Air Force’s retaliatory strike on Syrian targets about an hour previously.

The footage, shown here, shows the IAF firing on a heavy machine gun and two tanks. The strike came a few hours after ten projectiles, ostensibly from the raging Syrian civil war, spilled over and landed in Israeli territory in the northern Golan Heights. The missiles caused no damages or injuries.

Syrian state media said a number of people were killed in the IAF strike.

PM Netanyahu spoke about the IDF’s attack on Syrian targets:  “With the IDF’s actions today, we emphasize our policy once more: We will not tolerate sporadic missiles or any kind of spillover. We will respond with force to any missiles which land in our territory.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “We do not intend to allow our sovereignty or security to be compromised, even by a war between the Syrian government and rebel forces.”

“We will respond with determination and force as we see fit, every time such an incident occurs. We hold the Assad regime responsible for what happens in Syria. If such incidents continue, Assad’s regime will bear the consequences.”

 

ISIS terror group blows up the famous al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

ISIS has blown up the iconic mosque where it announced its own so called caliphate in 2014, an Iraqi officer has said.

The terror’s group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance on the balcony of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul that year.

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Iraq’s Joint Operation Command today released a satellite image showing the mosque lying in rubble.

The terror group is said to have blown it up to cover its escape as Iraqi soldiers advanced on the Grand Mosque in the Old City, ISIS’s last stronghold in Mosul.

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‘Our forces were advancing toward their targets deep in the Old City,’ Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said today.

He added: ‘When they got to within 50m of the al-Nuri mosque, Daesh (ISIS) committed another historical crime by blowing up the Nuri mosque and the Hadba mosque.’

The mosque, whose minaret has leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa for more than 840 years, seen as a symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city.

ISIS’s notorious black flag has been flying from one of its minarets since the terrorists captured Mosul, as well as swathes of Iraq and Syria, in 2014.

The terrorists sealed off all roads leading to the place of worship last month but today, US-backed Iraqi soldiers moved in on the mosque following an eight-month-long campaign to recapture Mosul, ISIS’s de-facto capital in Iraq.

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‘The Daesh (ISIS) terror gangs committed another historical crime by blowing up the al-Nuri mosque and its historical al-Hadba minaret,’ an Iraqi military statement said today.

The destruction of two of Mosul’s best-known landmarks – which ISIS claimed were obliterated by an airstrike – comes on the fourth day of a US-backed Iraqi offensive on the Old City.

The destruction adds to a long list of Iraqi heritage sites and monuments the jihadist organisation has destroyed in Iraq and Syria.

The fall of Mosul would mark the end of the Iraqi half of the ‘caliphate’ even though ISIS would continue to control territory west and south of the city, the largest they came to control in both Iraq and Syria.

The fight to retake Mosul was launched more than eight months ago and has forced as many as 850,000 from their homes.

Report: Israel gives secret aid to Syrian rebels

Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash and humanitarian help, The Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the report Israel has been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.

The Israeli army is in regular communication with rebel groups and its assistance includes undisclosed payments to commanders that help pay salaries of fighters and buy ammunition and weapons, according to interviews with about half a dozen Syrian fighters. Israel has established a military unit that oversees the support in Syria—a country that it has been in a state of war with for decades—and set aside a specific budget for the aid, said one person familiar with the Israeli operation.

Israel has in the past acknowledged treating some 3,000 wounded Syrians, many of them fighters, in its hospitals since 2013 as well as providing humanitarian aid such as food and clothing to civilians near the border during winter. But interviews with half a dozen rebels and three people familiar with Israel’s thinking reveal that the country’s involvement is much deeper and more coordinated than previously known and entails direct funding of opposition fighters near its border for years.

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“Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” said Moatasem al-Golani, spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

Israel’s aim is to keep Iran-backed fighters allied to the Syrian regime, such as the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, away from the 45-mile stretch of border on the divided Golan Heights, the three people said.

But its support for rebels risks heightening tension with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which has long accused Israel of helping rebel groups.  Assad has said Israel supports rebel groups and launches airstrikes in Syrian territory to undermine his hold on power. Israel has said it doesn’t favor any one outcome in the civil war.

The threat of a permanent presence of Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists on the Syrian side of the strategic plateau could drag Israel’s military further into a conflict that it has watched warily but mostly stayed out of since it began in 2011. Israeli officials haven’t ruled out such an escalation at a time when they are cultivating other alliances with Arab states against the common enemy—Iran.

ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi reportedly killed in Russia-led airstrike

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday it is checking on information indicating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a Russia-led airstrike in Syria.

Russian Su-34 aircraft and an Su-35 multirole fighter carried out airstrikes near the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria on May 28, the ministry said. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking ISIS chiefs where Al- Baghdadi was reportedly present.

The meeting was gathered to plan “routes for the exit of terrorists from Raqqa through the so-called ‘southern corridor’,” the statement read.

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“According to information that is being checked through various channels, ISIS leader Ibrahim Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed as a result of the strike, was also present at the meeting,” the ministry said in a statement.

Among those who were killed in the strike were Emir of Raqqa Abu al-Haji al-Masri, Emir Ibrahim al-Naef al-Hajj, “who controlled the district from the city of Raqqa to the settlement of es-Sohne” and IS head of security Suleiman al-Sawah,” the ministry added.

Moscow has given its American partners information about the place and time of the airstrike, the ministry said.

Although numerous media reports have speculated on al-Baghdadi’s death, neither the Pentagon, nor the Iraqi or Syrian militaries have ever confirmed those claims.

The latest report, which came in early June, claimed that the notorious ISIS terrorist had been killed in an airstrike in Raqqa. No official confirmation followed, however.

Born Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim al-Badri, al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance back in the summer of 2014, when ISIS began capturing territory in Iraq and later in Syria.

The terrorist group has repeatedly released messages allegedly sent by Al-Baghdadi calling for the establishment of a world Caliphate.

The US Department of State has designated al-Baghdadi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

ISIS burns 19 Yazidi women to death in Mosul for rejecting sex slavery

ISIS terrorists have publicly executed 19 Yazidi women by burning them alive in Mosul, Iraq, local activists report.

The women were burned to death in iron cages because they refused to have sex with ISIS terrorists, the Kurdish ARA News agency reported.

“They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants,” Abdullah al-Malla, a local media activist, told the agency.

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An eyewitness in Mosul told ARA News: “The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching.”

“Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment.”

Thousands of Yazidi women were taken captive when ISIS terrorists seized control of Sinjar, in north western Iraq, in August 2014.

The terror group has been attempting to eliminate the Yazidi people as part of its ethnic cleansing efforts.

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