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Israel says it uncovers deep militant tunnel dug from Gaza

Oct. 20, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday that militants in the Gaza Strip dug a tunnel dozens of meters (yards) deep that crossed under the security fence around the territory before it was detected by underground sensors. Hours after the announcement, a rocket fired from Gaza was intercepted by...

Israel: Gaza militants fire rocket into southern Israel

Oct. 16, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said. There were no reports of casualties or damage and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. The Gaza-Israel border has been mostly quiet...

File - In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, Israeli medical workers operate a ventilation machine on a training mannequin during an exercise of the new COVID-19 department at Rambam Hospital in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Israel. The Israeli military opened a new coronavirus unit in a converted parking garage at the hospital in a first-of-its-kind effort by the army to assist the country's overloaded health care system, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Israeli army teams up with hospital amid new COVID-19 crisis

Oct. 11, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday opened a new coronavirus unit in a converted parking garage at a hospital in northern Israel, in a first-of-its-kind effort by the army to assist the country’s overloaded health care system. The unit, set up at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus,...

Israel army strikes Gaza target after rocket attack

Oct. 5, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli aircraft struck what the army said was a Hamas military target in the southern Gaza Strip late Monday, shortly after Gaza militants fired a rocket into Israel. The rocket landed in an open area and did not cause any damage or injuries, Israeli media reported. But it broke a...

An Israeli soldier fires on board the Israeli Navy Ship Lahav during a rare tour of Israel's offshore Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel's navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats — giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli navy prepares for arrival of new upgraded warships

Oct. 3, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ABOARD THE INS LAHAV (AP) — After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel’s navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats — giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah....

Czechs to acquire Israeli air defense system in $400M deal

Sep. 25, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic wants to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the defense ministry said on Friday. The Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of...

Lebanese army vehicles pass next to a portrait of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, as they patrol on a road that leads to the site of an explosion that rocked a Hezbollah stronghold, in the southern village of Ain Qana, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The powerful explosion sent thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Powerful blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

Sep. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

AIN QANA, Lebanon (AP) — A powerful explosion shook a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear. The Lebanese army said the blast occurred in a building in the southern village of Ain Qana, above the port city of...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, an F-35 fighter jet arrives at the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington, Vt., United States. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is headed to Washington on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was announced last month, the UAE has made no secret about its desire to acquire F-35 warplanes and other advanced U.S.-made weaponry. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

Israeli defense chief heads to US to discuss military edge

Sep. 21, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz headed to Washington on Monday for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East following its historic normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates. Since the agreement was...

Israeli police inspect the damage at the site hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Israeli military says two rockets were fired from Gaza and one was intercepted by air defenses. Magen David Adom, the Israeli emergency service, says it treated two people for minor injuries from broken glass. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire during US ceremony

Sep. 16, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and two Arab countries at the White House. The barrage against Israel...

Report: Israeli strike kills 10 Iran-backed gunmen in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported. Israel rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran’s military...