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Israel hits Hamas target in Gaza as balloon attacks resume

Jan. 16, 2020 5:06 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said an attack helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier in the day. Israeli police said the balloons touched down in southern Israel and a bomb squad was...

Israel intercepts rockets launched from Gaza Strip

Jan. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Wednesday that Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired four rockets at southern Israel. Two were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, it said, and there were no reports of injuries or damage. Hours later, Israeli airstrikes targeted several...

Israeli military: Warplanes damaged in flooding at air base

Jan. 13, 2020 4:01 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said on Monday that heavy rainfall last week caused extensive flooding at an air force base, resulting in damage to eight warplanes. The military said in a statement that “several planes were damaged, they were fixed and will return to flying in the coming...

Druze men carry Sidqi al-Maqt, left, and Amal Abu Saleh as they wave Syrian flags upon their release from Israeli prison in the village of Majdal Shams on the border with Syria Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel frees 2 more Syrians in swap for soldier's remains

Jan. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EST

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights (AP) — Israel released two more Syrian prisoners back to the occupied Golan Heights on Friday, a second goodwill gesture to Russia for helping find the remains of an Israeli soldier missing for over 35 years. The latest release was part of a swap that began last April. That's...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP)

For Israel, Iran strike could be back on the table

Jan. 6, 2020 11:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran’s dramatic announcement that it no longer intends to honor its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers could soon revive discussions in Israel over a possible military strike on Iranian targets. While Israel has kept a low profile since the U.S. killed top...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Israeli border police block the road and disperse Palestinian, Israeli and foreign activists during a rally protesting a newly established settlement near the West Bank village of Kufr Malik, East of Ramallah.   In the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops routinely detain Palestinians who organize or take part in protests. Israel and its international allies have meanwhile passed legislation targeting the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Critics say such measures leave the Palestinians with no choice but to accept permanent military rule or resort to violence.  (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Palestinians face mounting barriers to peaceful protest

Jan. 5, 2020 1:11 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Abdullah Abu Rahma has been arrested by Israeli soldiers eight times in the last 15 years, spending weeks or months in prison and paying tens of thousands of dollars in fines for organizing protests. He's among a growing number of Palestinians who have embraced non-violent means...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacts during the weekly cabinet meeting, at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Israeli PM evacuated from rally after rocket fired from Gaza

Dec. 25, 2019 7:33 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into its southern territory Wednesday, forcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be hustled from a stage during an election rally in the city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military said its air defense system, known as Iron Dome, intercepted...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019 file photo, a barefoot Palestinian boy looks into a crater made in an overnight Israeli missile strike, that destroyed a house and killed members of the Abu Malhous family, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza. The Israeli military on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 said it has wrapped up an investigation into the airstrike that killed nine Palestinian members of the Abu Malhous family in the Gaza Strip, claiming the house that was targeted had been used by Islamic militants but also admitting it did not expect the attack to result in civilian casualties. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Israeli army: Civilian deaths unexpected in Gaza airstrike

Dec. 24, 2019 12:33 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Tuesday said it has wrapped up an investigation into an airstrike that killed nine members of a Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip. The report claims the targeted house had been used by Islamic militants but also admitted it didn't expect the strike to result in...

Israel strikes militant targets in response to Gaza fire

Dec. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli air force struck a number of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip late Thursday in response to the launch of a projectile into southern Israel. The military said it attacked an underground installation, a naval target and a military compound. There were no reports of casualties. The...

Rasila Zahran holds photograph of her son Ahmed Zahran , who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Zahran was arrested in February and is being held without charge in what is known as administrative detention. He is a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a leftist group that Israel blames for a bombing in a settlement in August that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl . The Arabic reads :

Palestinians protest in support of prisoner on hunger strike

Dec. 19, 2019 7:28 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians protested outside an Israeli military court in the occupied West Bank on Thursday calling for the release of a prisoner who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months. The protesters carried portraits of Ahmed Zahran, 42, who was arrested...