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Israel: 'Iron Dome' Has Taken Out 53 Rockets

But 200+ have gotten through, new Hamas rockets reach Israeli heartland

(Newser) - As Israel's Gaza offensive enters its third day, the nation says its Iron Dome missile defense system has thwarted more than a quarter of the wide variety of rockets being fired from Gaza—but while 53 have been stopped, more than 200 have gotten through, landing as far away... More »

Gaza Militants Strike Israel With Rocket Barrage

Islamic Jihad says it was avenging deaths of three members

(Newser) - Militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets today into southern Israel, sending civilians rushing into bomb shelters but causing no casualties. The Israeli military says it's the largest rocket barrage since 2012, when it launched an eight-day air campaign in Gaza it said was aimed at stopping... More »

Israel Bombs 'Terror Site' in Lebanon

Attack comes after rockets fired into Israel yesterday

(Newser) - Yesterday, rockets flew from Lebanon into Israel; this morning, Israel has responded. Its military bombed an area south of Beirut that it referred to as a "terror site," the BBC reports. A rep for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command says one of its bases... More »

Israel, Gaza Launch Heaviest Strikes Since Nov. Truce

No reported casualties

(Newser) - Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel, as Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early today in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since they agreed to an internationally brokered ceasefire in November. There were no casualties reported, but the violence threatened to shatter the... More »

Obama: Israel Settlements in West Bank Not Appropriate

Earlier, Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel during Obama visit

(Newser) - President Obama headed over to the West Bank today for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he blasted Israel's settlement activity as neither constructive or appropriate. At a news conference with Abbas, Obama said he's told Israel's leaders as much, the AP reports,... More »

Story Behind Iconic Gaza-Clash Photo Unravels

Israel likely not responsible for strike that killed reporter's baby: UN

(Newser) - An errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, likely killed the baby of a BBC reporter during fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory last November, a UN report indicated, challenging the widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression. Omar al-Masharawi, an... More »

Gaza Militants Fire Rocket Into Israel

Tensions high ahead of Obama visit

(Newser) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israel today amid mounting tensions weeks ahead of President Obama's visit. A police spokesman said remains of the rocket were found south of the city of Ashkelon, in southern Israel. The attack caused damage to a road but no injuries, he... More »

Iran: We Sent Gaza Missile Tech

Israel has long believed that Iran has been smuggling rockets into Gaza

(Newser) - Iran has already sent Hamas the means to "quickly" produce long-range Fajr-5 missiles on its own, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard told the semi-official ISNA news agency today. These Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 rockets have produced panic in recent days by coming within range of, though not actually striking,... More »

Everyone Is Losing in Gaza

Jonathan Freedland: Hatred being ingrained into another generation

(Newser) - With an election looming, Israel's leaders move to end the threat posed by Hamas' constant, if largely ineffective, rocket attacks. Sound familiar? "This is a horror movie we've seen before," in the form of Israel's 2008 invasion, writes Jonathan Freedland at the Guardian . Why is... More »

18 Palestinians Dead in Israeli Strikes

Israel keeps schools closed as citizens huddle in bomb shelters

(Newser) - Gaza and Israel continued to exchange rocket attacks for air strikes this weekend, leaving 18 Palestinians dead, four Israelis wounded, and world leaders weighing in on the latest round of Middle East violence, the Guardian reports. On the Israeli side, schools were kept closed and thousands of civilians spent hours... More »

Yemen President Hurt in Rocket Strike

Meanwhile, government shelling increases

(Newser) - Yemen's president was lightly injured and four top officials wounded when opposition tribesmen struck his palace with rockets, according to a government official. It was the first time that tribesmen have targeted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's palace in nearly two weeks of heavy fighting with government troops in... More »

Brit Consulate Workers Charged in Terror Plot

Palestinian employees accused of planning Israeli stadium attack

(Newser) - Two Palestinan employees of Britain's consulate in Jerusalem have been charged in connection with a plot to attack the city's main soccer stadium. The two maintenance workers were among 5 people arrested in an alleged Hamas plot to fire a rocket into Teddy Stadium, home of the city's Beitar soccer... More »

US Man Charged in Afghanistan Rocket Attack

Long Islander also gave al-Qaeda info on NYC mass transit: feds

(Newser) - An American arrested in Pakistan last fall faces charges for firing rockets at a US military base in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, also allegedly gave al-Qaeda detailed information about the New York City transit system and Long Island Railroad in return for military training. More »

Israel Vows 'Strong' Reply to Hamas Rockets

Six more Qassams hit following announcement

(Newser) - Ongoing rocket attacks on southern Israel will elicit "a serious, painful, strong and uncompromising" response, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said today. At least eight rockets from the Gaza Strip struck the western Negev desert Friday and Saturday, with no casualties or injuries, the Jerusalem Post reports. Six... More »

Hamas Rivals Violating Ceasefire

Olmert promises to strike back after rocket attacks

(Newser) - Israel’s military intelligence chief says Hamas “is conducting serious soul-searching on its strategic mistakes and operational failures" in the wake of the Gaza war, the Jerusalem Post reports. Rival Palestinian groups “are challenging the organization and carrying out attacks in order to bring on another escalation,”... More »

Israelis Near Gaza See Slim— or No—Victory

Residents still fear rockets, think war should have continued

(Newser) - When Israel began its raid of the Gaza Strip three weeks ago, the government said its goal was to end rocket attacks and sniper fire into the country's south. Polls show that most Israelis supported the war, despite the staggering civilian casualties. But in interviews with farmers and other residents... More »

Gaza Skirmishes Defy Ceasefire

Militants fire rockets; Israel responds with air strike

(Newser) - Skirmishes have continued in Israel and Gaza after Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire yesterday, the New York Times reports. Militants fired rockets at an Israeli border town, and Israel responded with an air strike. In Gaza, a lone gunman faced off against Israeli troops. Hamas has said it will fight... More »

Lebanon Rockets Hit Israel 2nd Time

Soldiers move into Gaza City; UN chief arrives in region

(Newser) - Rockets from Lebanon landed in northern Israel for the second time since the start of the Gaza invasion two weeks ago, Reuters reports. No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks, and Israeli police say no one was hurt. This morning Israeli troops moved closer to the heart of... More »

Hamas Down But Not Out: Israel

Rift between Syrian, Gazan wings of Hamas hamper negotiations

(Newser) - Hamas forces in Gaza have been damaged but remain intact enough to fight on, Israeli officials told the New York Times. The onslaught of Israeli airstrikes and ground attacks has shaken the Hamas network, with some groups fighting randomly without coordination from senior leadership. Infrastructure in Gaza has taken several... More »

Israel Warns Attacks Will Intensify

(Newser) - Israel dropped leaflets on the Gaza strip today warning inhabitants of an escalation in the 2-week offensive against Hamas militants, the BBC reports. The leaflets assured civilians that the action was against “Hamas and the terrorists only” and urged people to stay away from military targets. The development could... More »

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