Latest Israeli armed forces News

With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests

Oct. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ahmed Abu Artima was one of the founders of the "Great March of Return," the weekly protests along Gaza's frontier with Israel meant to draw attention to the plight of the territory's 2 million people. But these days, he mostly avoids the demonstrations. He is among a growing...

Syrian state TV: Drone destroyed over Damascus suburb

Sep. 19, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that a drone was destroyed over a suburb of the capital, Damascus. The broadcast gave no further details about Thursday night's incident over the suburb of Aqraba. No one claimed responsibility for the sending the drone, but Aqraba is the suburb where an...

Palestinian sues Israeli military commanders for war crimes

Sep. 17, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pitching his case as a David-versus-Goliath fight, a Dutch-Palestinian man went to court in the Netherlands Tuesday seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family. One of the...

AP PHOTOS: Ex-army chief hoping to be Israel's next premier

Sep. 15, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel (AP) — As former army chief of staff Benny Gantz campaigns to be Israel's next leader, he is relying less on policy specifics than on the archetypal image of a military man who can rise above the political fray and defend a country that feels perpetually under siege. With piercing blue...

The Latest: Netanyahu pledge dims hope for Palestinian state

Sep. 11, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement that he will begin annexing West Bank settlements if he wins national elections next week (all times local): 8:10 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins...

Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east

Sep. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied...

Hezbollah says it shot down Israeli drone over south Lebanon

Sep. 9, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group said it shot down an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon early Monday, shortly after it crossed from Israel amid rising tensions along the border between the two countries in recent weeks. A Hezbollah statement said the drone was downed with "suitable...

Israeli aircraft strike targets in Gaza after drone attack

Sep. 7, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft hit several military targets for Gaza's Hamas rulers late Saturday after militants used a drone to drop a bomb on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence. The Israeli military said the targets included "offensive military equipment and two military...

Palestinians: 2 teens killed by Israeli fire in Gaza protest

Sep. 6, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two Palestinians, ages 17 and 14, were killed by Israeli gunfire Friday during protests along the perimeter fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza health officials said. The teenagers' deaths marked an uptick in violence after months of relatively restrained demonstrations. The...

Israel claims to uncover Hezbollah missile plant in Lebanon

Sep. 3, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Tuesday the militant group Hezbollah and Iran have built a precision-missile factory in neighboring Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. The army issued a statement saying that "in fear of strikes" by Israel, Hezbollah had moved key equipment from the site to "civilian...