Latest Israeli armed forces News

The Latest: 2 rockets land on oil company sites in Iraq

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Iraqi officials say two rockets have landed on oil company sites in Iraq's southern Basra province, one landing near the facilities of a Turkish company just...

Israel holds large military drill amid US-Iran tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian...

Gazans protest along volatile frontier with Israel

Jun. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thosusands of Palestinians held protests along the volatile Gaza-Israel frontier Friday, after a night of Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for a rocket that hit a building in southern Israel. The flare-up, which came after Israel this week closed Gaza's offshore waters to...

Israeli warplanes strike in east Gaza after rocket hits town

Jun. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a militant site in the east Gaza Strip early Friday, Palestinian witnesses said, after a rocket launched from Gaza hit a building in southern Israel, escalating tensions along the border just weeks after a cease-fire. There was no immediate comment from the...

Israel closes Gaza's waters to Palestinian fishermen

Jun. 12, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military took the rare step of closing the Gaza Strip's offshore waters to Palestinian fishermen Wednesday until further notice in response to incendiaries launched into Israel in recent days. Soon afterward, Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel from Gaza...

Syria says Israel hit military position in country's south

Jun. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency said Wednesday that Israel attacked a military position in southern Syria, causing material damage. SANA said Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles before they reached their target during the early morning attack on al-Harra...

Israel upgrades its air-raid warning system

Jun. 12, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has overhauled its air-raid warning system in order to minimize disruptions to the general population. The army said on Wednesday that it is has divided the country into 1,700 alarm zones, up from the current 255 zones. Ariel Blitz, head of public preparedness...

Israel says drone penetrates its airspace from Lebanon

Jun. 12, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has observed a drone entering Israeli airspace from Lebanon. In a brief announcement, the military said on Wednesday that the aircraft returned to Lebanon. It gave no further details. On several occasions, Israel has accused Iran of flying drones into Israeli...

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange fire in West Bank

Jun. 11, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian forces have engaged in a rare shootout in the West Bank. Palestinian officials say one officer was lightly wounded in Tuesday's gunfight, which erupted overnight in the city of Nablus. Despite poor political relations, Israel and the Palestinians maintain close...

Israeli navy boards ship from Turkey that was set on fire

Jun. 9, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says naval forces boarded a cargo ship off the coast that had been set on fire. The military says it was alerted early Sunday to an anchored ship off northern Israel whose hull was ablaze. At the request of the ship's captain, Israeli forces boarded and searched the...