Report: Israeli airstrikes on Syrian army air base outside Aleppo

Israeli strikes reported on Al-Nairab air base outside Aleppo; Strikes likely targeted Iranian arms shipment.

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Syria reported Israeli strikes on a military position close to the Al-Nairab air base outside of Aleppo on Sunday.

Syrian media confirmed strikes were carried out, reporting up to ten missiles used in the strikes. Syrian state television SANA reported early Monday, “The Zionist enemy continues to desperately support the defeated terrorists in Quneitra and ISIS, and fired a missile toward one of our military sites.”

Mixed reports claim the strikes targeted an Iranian arms shipment.

The IDF recently downed two drones from Syria using Patriot missiles, the first on Wednesday and the second on Friday. Following the first infiltration, the IDF retaliated, hitting three positions in Syria. The IDF published video footage of its strikes on three military posts in Syria in the Quneitra province in retaliation.

It warned Iran and Syria that it will “continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty, “ and that it “holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces. The IDF is highly prepared for many different scenarios and will continue to act as necessary in order to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians.”

 

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Netanyahu and Trump discussed Syria and Iran ahead of US-Russia summit

PM confirms he spoke with Trump on regional developments, Iran and Syria on Saturday; IDF to hold Gaza ground operations drill; IAF confirms strike following arson balloon attacks.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed Syria and Iran with President Trump on Saturday ahead of the US-Russia summit in Helsinki.

President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, talks to cover Syria, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Ukraine and much more. Netanyahu confirmed on Sunday “Yesterday I spoke with President Trump and we discussed the developments in the region, including Syria and other topics,” adding “As you know, these issues will also come up at the president’s summit in Helsinki. Of course I discussed them with President Putin last Wednesday,” in reference to his meeting with Putin in Moscow last week.

Netanyahu confirmed he discussed developments in the Gaza Strip, stating “President Trump expressed his commitment to Israel’s security.” On Iran, he reported “I thanked President Trump for his aggressive policy against Iran. We already see the affect of this policy on Iran,” referring to the Trump Administration’s exit from the nuclear deal and stringent sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced its Southern Command’s 162 ‎Division will hold a drill simulating ground operations in the Gaza Strip. The drill will include armory, artillery, infantry and engineering corps and take place in Israel’s south. The drill follows over 200 rockets fired at Israel since Friday evening. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect on Saturday night. Despite the ceasefire, three rockets were fired at Israel since, as well as ongoing arson balloon and kite attacks.

The IDF confirmed that it retaliated to arson balloons on Sunday, reporting an “IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas terrorist squad that was launching arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.”

 

 

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IDF strikes dozens of Hamas targets following rocket attacks

IDF strikes Hamas terror targets in Gaza; Over 24 hours of rocket fire on southern Israel; Hamas and Islamic Jihad reportedly agree to Egyptian-brokered ceasefire; Netanyahu: We will increase the strength of our attacks as necessary.

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The IDF carried out multiple strikes in the Gaza Strip Saturday following dozens of rocket attacks on southern Israel.

Over 190 rockets were fired at Israel from the Strip in less than 24 hours, around 45 of them intercepted by the Iron Dome. Dozens of rockets hit open areas and several hit residential areas in southern Israel. Three were injured after a rocket hit their home in Sderot, a rocket hitting a synagogue shortly after.

Escalation began with Palestinian protests and riots as part of the “The Great March of Return” that broke out on Friday and quickly escalated to terror and rocket attacks from Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants. During Friday’s riots, an IDF officer was wounded after he was hit with a grenade thrown by a Palestinian teenager.

The IDF reported on Saturday night that it conducted over 40 strikes throughout Gaza on Hamas training facilities, weapons storage facilities and manufacturing sites, launch sites, terror tunnels and multiple terror targets. The IDF Spokespersons Unit reported that it carried out the “largest wave of daytime strikes since Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014,” confirming it struck more than 40 targets in Gaza “including 2 terror tunnels, 2 large logistic centers, and a Hamas Battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza”.

The IDF posted video footage following its strike on a Hamas training facility and tunnel hidden in the Al-Shati refugee camp. The IDF confirmed “The building was a Hamas training facility. A tunnel was dug under the building and used for underground warfare training. This tunnel is part of a Hamas terror tunnel network.” The IDF notified residents with leaflets and phone calls prior to the strike.

Two Palestinian teenagers were reportedly killed in the strike and over 14 injured.

The IDF warned Saturday night that it will “intensify its strikes in Gaza if deemed necessary, continue to improve the security situation and strengthen the sense of security for the residents of southern Israel.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu held an emergency meeting with Israel’s defense officials Saturday, including Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Following his meeting, Netanyahu gave a televised address reporting that “we have decided on strong action against Hamas terrorism. The IDF has struck Hamas with the hardest blow since Operation Protective Edge and we will increase the strength of our attacks as necessary.”

Media reports Saturday night claimed that Hamas agreed to an Egyptian mediated ceasefire with Israel. Both representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad met with Egyptian officials as part of talks. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladinov, also held talks with Palestinian and Israeli officials.

 

 

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Israel ranked 8th most powerful country in the world.

Israel’s economy and success in pharmaceuticals, technology equipment and diamonds cited in report; Israel received 3.6% rank in innovation.

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Israel was ranked the 8th most powerful country in the world.

Israel was placed in the top ten under the U.S. News and World Report “Best Countries” rankings, falling 8th in the category of the globe’s most powerful countries. The results are a study of over 80 countries on an array of categories, from power, to entrepreneurship and quality of life.

The rankings were made by research and data collection by BAV and the Wharton School of Business and The University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with U.S. News and World Report.

Israel was cited for having major influence in global affairs and for its strong economy. Israel’s success in the fields of pharmaceuticals, technology equipment and diamonds were also cited as factors for its high rating. Israel fell below the United States, which is in first place, as well as Russia, China, Germany, the UK, France and Japan.

Israel ranked 30th overall, and also fell in the 10th place under the “Movers” category. The category is a version of “metric predictive of a country’s future growth in terms of per capita purchasing power parity gross domestic product,” Israel falling in the top ten.

Under “Entrepreneurship”, Israel received an impressive 3.6 % score in the innovation category, the country’s booming innovation and high tech industries factors for the high ranking.

 

 

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IDF attacked Syrian army positions following drone infiltration

IDF confirms strikes in Syria late Wednesday; Syria claims it downed an Israeli missile; Events follow Netanyahu meeting with Putin in Moscow.

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The IDF retaliated to a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israel on Wednesday, carrying out strikes in Syria on Wednesday night.

In a growing trend of confirming operations in Syria over the past few months, the IDF published video footage of its strikes on three military posts in Syria in the Quneitra province. The IDF Spokespersons Unit confirmed the events, releasing the statement “Earlier tonight, Wednesday July 11th, the IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today.”

It warned Iran and Syria that it will “continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty, “ and that it “holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces. The IDF is highly prepared for many different scenarios and will continue to act as necessary in order to ensure the safety of Israeli civilians.”

Syrian media confirmed that “aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions,” claiming it intercepted one of the missiles fired during the strikes.

The IDF launched a Patriot missile at the Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle on Wednesday after it infiltrated Israeli territory. The drone was reportedly downed near the Sea of Galilee. The drone reportedly flew over Jordan before entering Israel.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the events, releasing the statement “The UAV infiltrated the Israeli border from Syria. The Patriot aerial defense system identified the threat and tracked it until its interception. The IDF will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians.” The drone reportedly infiltrated 10 kilometers into Israel territory before it was destroyed.”

 

 

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Netanyahu met with Putin on Syria, Iran in Moscow

PM meets with Russian counterpart as part of regional military coordination; Netanyahu addresses Syrian drone infiltration into Israel; Putin to meet with Iranian Foreign Policy Advisor on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Ruler.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, just hours after the IDF downed a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israel.

Both leaders addressed the press following, confirming talks centered on Iran’s presence in Syria and developments in the region. Netanyahu praised Israel and Russia’s military coordination, stating “Every visit such as this is an opportunity for us to work together to try to stabilize the situation in our region, increase security and increase stability.”

The prime minister confirmed the IDF’s retaliation on the Syrian drone, stating “Several hours ago a Syrian UAV penetrated Israel’s airspace. We shot it down and we will continue to take strong action against any trickle [of fire] and any infiltration into Israel’s airspace or territory. We expect that everyone will respect this sovereignty and that Syria will strictly abide by the [1974] Separation of Forces Agreement.” He added “The cooperation between us is a central component in preventing a conflagration and deterioration of these and other situations; therefore, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to discuss these matters and, of course, all other issues.”

He again reiterated that Israel “will continue to act decisively against any spillover and any infiltration of Israeli territory or airspace.”

Following their meeting, reports confirmed a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Policy Adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister  Sergey Lavrov on Thursday. Velayati was to deliver an important message from Iran’s Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

 

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IDF intercepts Syrian drone with Patriot missile

Drone from Syria infiltrated Israel; IDF destroyed drone with Patriot missile; Netanyahu en route to Moscow for meetings with Putin centered on Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs.

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Israel intercepted a drone from Syria in the Golan Heights on Wednesday.

The IDF launched a Patriot missile at the Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle after it infiltrated Israeli territory on Wednesday afternoon. The drone was reportedly downed near the Sea of Galilee.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the events, releasing the statement “The UAV infiltrated the Israeli border from Syria. The Patriot aerial defense system identified the threat and tracked it until its interception. The IDF will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians.” The drone reportedly infiltrated 10 kilometers into Israel territory before it was destroyed.

Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Syria and Iran against any aggression against the Jewish state, reiterating earlier this week “Israel will not tolerate the establishment of a military presence by Iran and its proxies anywhere in Syria – not close to the border and not far away from it.”

Netanyahu is currently en route to Moscow for meetings centered on Syria with President Vladimir Putin. Before leaving, he spoke to the press stating, “I am now leaving for Moscow for a very important meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. We will discuss Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs. I very much appreciate the excellent direct connection, without intermediaries, between myself and the Russian President. It is very important for the national security of the State of Israel.”

Be sure to watch Amir’s Middle East Current Events Update from last night on regional developments in Syria and the region.

 

 

 

 

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