Syria says Israeli air strikes target areas near Damascus

Israel carried out air strikes on targets near Damascus early on Friday, triggering Syrian air defences but causing no casualties, Syrian state media reported, the second such attack in just over two weeks. The Israeli military declined to comment on the report. A Syrian military source quoted by state media said Syrian air defences shot … Read more

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank, health ministry says

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday. Village residents said their were no disturbances or clashes in the area at the time of the shooting, which occurred near the village of Beit Ur Al-Tahta, west of the city of Ramallah. The man … Read more

Israel urges Netanyahu return gifts; he denies keeping them

Israel’s prime minister’s office has urged former premier Benjamin Netanyahu to return dozens of expensive gifts he received while serving in the nation’s top job. The request, confirmed Monday by the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, came as Netanyahu reportedly vacationed on a private island in Hawaii almost wholly owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. … Read more

Palestinian child dies week after being shot at Gaza border

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot in the head by Israeli fire during a violent demonstration at the Gaza-Israeli border last week died of his wounds Saturday, Gaza health officials said. Hassan Abu al-Neil was shot on August 21 during the demonstration organised by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to protest the crippling blockade imposed by … Read more

Biden to Israeli PM: U.S. has options if Iran nuclear diplomacy fails

President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in White House talks on Friday that he was putting “diplomacy first” to try to rein in Iran’s nuclear program but that if negotiations fail he would be prepared to turn to other unspecified options. After a one-day delay due to a deadly suicide bombing in … Read more

The World’s last Samaritans, straddling the Israeli-Palestinian divide

In the occupied and largely segregated West Bank, Jews live in gated Israeli settlements, and Palestinians live in Arab cities and towns. And then there are the 440 residents of the mountaintop village of Al Tor, who float between both worlds. As children, they grow up speaking Arabic. As teenagers, they study at schools run … Read more

Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border

Israel’s military bombed Palestinian militant weapons sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday in response to a violent demonstration on the perimeter fence that left an Israeli police officer critically injured, the army said. Saturday’s violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organised by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to … Read more

Israeli doctors find severe COVID-19 breakthrough cases mostly in older, sicker patients

In Israel’s COVID-19 wards, doctors are learning which vaccinated patients are most vulnerable to severe illness, amid growing concerns about instances in which the shots provide less protection against the worst forms of the disease. Around half of the country’s 600 patients presently hospitalised with severe illness have received two doses of the Pfizer Inc … Read more

Israel announces resumption of Qatari payments to Gaza

Israel on Thursday announced it reached an agreement with Qatar for the Gulf Arab country to resume aid payments to thousands of families in the Gaza Strip, a step aimed at easing tensions with the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory in the wake of an 11-day war in May. Qatar has provided hundreds of millions of dollars … Read more

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