Thursday, 25 April 2013

Israeli premier says Lebanon drone incident extremely grave


JERUSALEM (AFP) - An unmanned drone from Lebanon shot down on Thursday by the air force off the northern coast of Israel was an "extremely grave" incident, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

"I see this attempt to breach our borders as extremely grave. We will continue to do whatever we must to protect the security of Israel's citizens," he said.

The Israeli air force on Thursday shot down an unmanned drone several miles off the coast of the northern port city of Haifa after it entered Israeli airspace from Lebanon, the military said. more

Undercover Israeli forces raid central Hebron


HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Undercover Israeli forces on Thursday detained two Palestinians in central Hebron in the southern West Bank.

The forces, dressed as Palestinians, took Issam Irfifan Zablah and Fahed Gamal Sarahneh in the Bab al-Zawiyeh area, a Ma'an reporter said.

At dawn Thursday, uniformed Israeli soldiers detained three Palestinians in Hebron. Locals said Loay Nasser al-Din, Sameh Zahdeh and Ibrahim Deis were detained in raids on their homes in the city.

On Wednesday evening, undercover Israeli forces stormed a wedding party in Issawiya in East Jerusalem and detained three Palestinians. more

Locals say Israeli tanks, bulldozers enter Gaza


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli military forces entered the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, locals said.

Eight bulldozers were accompanied by tanks, entering approximately 100 meters into farming land east of Khan Younis, witnesses said.

No clashes were reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment.

On Wednesday, witnesses reported a similar incident east of Beit Hanoun. At the time, an Israeli army spokeswoman said there was "routine activity adjacent to the security fence," without providing further details. more