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Israeli Air Strikes on Palestinian Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, in One Day

 August 25, 2019

 

An Israeli military drone in action over the Gaza border, file August 25, 2019

Hizbullah media office in Beirut, Lebanon, attacked by an Israeli dron, August 25, 2019

 

Israeli Occupation Forces Strike Hamas Facilities in Gaza

August 22, 2019 8:29 PM The Palestinian News & Info Agency

Israeli occupation government warplanes attacked, late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, several areas in the northern and southern Gaza Strip causing damage but no injuries, according to WAFA correspondent.

It was reported that Israeli jets twice attacked a post on the Sheikh Ijjilin coast, east of Gaza City, causing fire and destruction of the site, as well homes in the area.

Another post near Gaza City was also attacked and destroyed.

Flares lit the skies in the south of the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis, before warplanes targeted the posts in the area.

The Israeli army claimed the airstrikes came after two projectiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel, that fell in open areas, without causing any damage or human casualties.

Sirens were reportedly heard during the night in the Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip, causing panic among the citizens.

More human losses raise to 5, the number of casualties in the ranks of Hezbollah and the pro-regime militiamen of non-Syrian nationalities due to the Israeli bombardment on their positions in the vicinity of the capital Damascus

SOHR, 25/08/2019

The death toll is continuing to increase as a result of the Israeli strikes that targeted the vicinity of the capital Damascus yesterday evening, where it rose to 5 people (2 members of the Lebanese Hezbollah, one is of the Iranian militias and 2 others whose identity is not known until now), the number of people who were killed as a result of yesterdays raids carried out by the Israeli warplanes near Aqraba town in the area between Al-Sayyidah Zaynab and Damascus International Airport south of the capital Damascus, where members of the Lebanese Hezbollah and militiamen loyal to the regime forces of non-Syrian nationalities are stationed.

The SOHR published on the 16th of August 2019, that violent explosions were heard in Misyaf city west of Hama caused by the air defenses of the Syrian regime as they were intercepting a missile believed to be Israeli, where the missile fell in the vicinity of Misyaf city after being intercepted by the regimes air defenses, without information about human losses so far.

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2 Iraqi government militiamen killed, one injured, two vehicles destroyed in attacks by two unknown drones, in Western Anbar Province, about 15 kilometers away from the Iraqi-Syrian border.

August 25, 2019, Source: Yaqein neww agency. 

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Israels last struggles? Netanyahu vigorously battles Iranian menace, threatens entire STATES

Russia TV, 25 Aug, 2019 23:59

Tehran has mocked Israels intensified efforts to root out Iranian presence in the region after the IDF struck targets in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in one day, while threatening to continue attacks against Irans accomplices.

These insane operations are absolutely last struggles of the Zionist Regime, Qassem Soleimani tweeted after the IDF accused the chief of Irans Quds Force of personally devising a plot to strike Israel with a flock of killer drones.

Tensions in the region heated up over the weekend after the IDF struck targets on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, in order to thwart what it called an imminent attack by Iranian proxies against the state of Israel. While Syria claims it downed most of the missiles, Israel called the pre-emptive strike a success, releasing a blurry video as a proof.

Hours later, Israel allegedly sent drones to hunt for Hezbollah targets in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. One surveillance UAV was downed by rock-throwing youths over Hezbollah's media office, while the second suicide drone exploded in the air.

Another attack against Iran-linked targets rocked the Iraqi Anbar province near the border with Syria on Sunday afternoon, when two unidentified UAVs targeted transport vehicles belonging to the Hezbollah faction known as Brigade 45. The strike, which the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) blamed on Israel, killed at least one Shiite fighter.

Tel Aviv, which admitted to the Syria raid but so far kept a tight lip about the strikes in Lebanon and Iraq, did make it crystal clear on Sunday that it will go out against any nation-state that supports Iran in the region.

We wont tolerate attacks on Israel from any country in the area. Any country that allows its territory to be used for attacks against Israel will bear the consequences, said Netanyahu.

https://www.rt.com/news/467280-iran-israel-last-struggles/

Nasrallah warns Hezbollah will down Israeli drones in Lebanon's airspace

Russia TV, 25 Aug, 2019

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that his organization would shoot down Israeli drones if they appear in Lebanons airspace, after two IDF unmanned aerial vehicles had crashed in the country earlier.

He said that the drones had targeted a specific location in a Hezbollah-dominated suburb of Beirut, yet noted that they had not been shot down.

Nasrallah also threatened the Israeli military at the border with an imminent response if they were to kill any of Hezbollah's members in Syria, revealing also that two members of the organization had been killed in a Saturday night strike on Damascus.

Nasrallah accused Israel of breaching the rules of engagement since the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.  Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri had earlier said that Israeli drone flights were an open attack on Lebanese sovereignty and an assault on UN Resolution 1701, which concluded that conflict.

"The latest Israeli development (is) very, very, very dangerous," Nasrallah said in a televised speech, noting that the conflict between the two countries had "entered a new stage."

Two explosives-laden drones believed to be operated from Israel   entered Lebanese airspace Sunday morning. One failed to detonate and crashed in a southern suburb of Beirut, while the second one damaged the militant groups media center, according to a Hezbollah spokesperson.

Israel says it struck Iranian 'killer drone' sites in Syria

BBC, 25 August 2019

Israel has struck Iranian military sites in Syria to prevent what it said was a pending drone strike by Iran.

Israel's military rarely acknowledges operations in Syria, but it claimed on Saturday its strikes had prevented an attack on Israel "using killer drones".

PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his military's "major operational effort".

Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out there in 2011, to try to prevent Iran gaining a foothold.

An Israeli military spokesman said the strikes on Saturday targeted Iran's Quds force in Aqraba, south-east of the capital, Damascus.

A Syrian military source quoted by the official Sana news agency said that Syrian anti-aircraft defences "detected enemy targets from Golan heading towards the area around Damascus".

"The aggression was immediately confronted and so far the majority of the enemy Israeli missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets," the source said.

In a tweet, Mr Netanyahu said: "I reiterate: Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression. 'If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.'"

The head of the Lebanon-based and Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said two Lebanese nationals had been killed in the Israeli strike, which he said targeted Hezbollah positions.

'Blatant attack'

Separately, reports said two Israeli surveillance drones had come down in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Hezbollah officials said an unmanned drone fell on the roof of a media centre belonging to the group, and was followed by a second unmanned drone that exploded in mid-air and crashed nearby.

Hassan Nasrallah denounced the attack, saying that it was the first since the two sides fought a brief war 13 years ago.

The Iranian-backed group would prevent any future attacks, he said, adding: "The time when Israeli aircraft come and bombard parts of Lebanon is over."

Residents told the Associated Press they heard a large explosion that shook the area, after hearing the sound of an aircraft. Israel's military declined to comment on the reports.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called Israel's alleged surveillance drones a "blatant attack on Lebanon's sovereignty".

"This new aggression... forms a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation towards more tension," he said in a statement.

Israel reportedly also carried out an airstrike last month on a weapons depot in Iraq. The New York Times, citing unnamed US officials, said that Israel was behind the 19 July strike on an arms depot that the officials said was being used by Iran to move weapons to Syria.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the strike.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49464546

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