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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...

Syria reports Israeli airstrike near northern city of Aleppo

Sep. 11, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo early Friday, Syrian state media said, amid increased airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On Aug. 31, an attack targeted the southern suburbs of the capital...

FILE - In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Wafa Manasra, mother of Palestinian Ahmad Manasra, kisses him goodbye during his funeral in the West Bank village of Wad Fokin, near Bethlehem. In August 2020, Israeli military prosecutors offered three months of community service to a soldier who shot and killed Manasra, an unarmed Palestinian man who exited his vehicle to assist a second motorist who had also been shot -- in a case that has drawn renewed attention to a justice system that Palestinians and human rights activists say has created an atmosphere of impunity. The deal is now being reviewed by the Israeli Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Israeli soldier's plea deal in fatal shooting faces scrutiny

Sep. 9, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ahmad Manasra was traveling home from a wedding when he spotted a family in distress on the side of a West Bank road. Moments later, the 22-year-old Palestinian was fatally shot while another Palestinian driver was seriously wounded — both by an Israeli soldier in a nearby...

Syria reports Israeli airstrikes against central airbase

Sep. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses opened fire late Wednesday on missiles launched by Israeli warplanes at a military airbase in the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them, state media said. State news agency SANA said the Israeli warplanes fired the missiles from southern Syria soon...

Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during a protest against expansion of Israeli settlements in the village of Shufa in the West Bank, Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Video shows Israeli soldier kneeling on protester's neck

Sep. 1, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A video circulating on social media appears to show an Israeli soldier kneeling on a Palestinian protester's neck while arresting him during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. The 65-year-old protester said he was not seriously injured and acknowledged shoving...

Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin, head of the Israeli army’s Home Front Command, gestures as he speaks at its headquarters, in Ramle, Central Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Gordin is overseeing the military’s coronavirus “task force,” formed in August to bring one of the developed world’s worst outbreaks under control. Its main responsibility is taking the lead in contact tracing and breaking chains of infection. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Facing a coronavirus crisis, Israel calls in the army

Sep. 1, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

RAMLE, Israel (AP) — Over a three-decade military career, Israeli Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin has led commando raids, fought in wars and even earned a degree at Harvard. But he has never seen anything quite like his latest mission. As head of the Israeli army’s Home Front Command, Gordin is now overseeing...

Syria says Israeli strike kills 2 soldiers, wounds 7

Aug. 31, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Defense Ministry official said Israel’s military fired missiles Monday night on areas south of the capital Damascus killing two soldiers, wounding seven and causing material damage. The unnamed Defense Ministry official, who was quoted by state media, said the strikes...