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Russia Risks a Showdown With Israel over Hezbollah in Syria

Fifty years later and history looks set to repeat itself. Russia’s allies are again provoking the Israelis, who may ultimately see little choice but to strike first. The ensuing war, Israel warns, could, like the Six Day War in 1967, fundamentally change the region.

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The theater this time is Syria, but the precipitating factor for the next conflict — believe it or not — isn’t Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. It is Iran’s most lethal proxy, Hezbollah.

Russia Risks a Showdown With Israel over Hezbollah in Syria

The drums are beating for a third Lebanon war | Asia Times

Several recent indicators suggest a climactic conflict may be just around the corner. US support for its ally seems highly likely, but Israel knows defeating Hezbollah will not be simple

Several recent indicators suggest a climactic war might indeed be just around the corner for Lebanon and Israel. In mid-April, Israel announced it had successfully layered its airspace with the most sophisticated anti-missile tripartite defense system ever developed.

Instead it aims at torching all of Lebanon and creating an internal uprising against Hezbollah led by Sunnis, Christians, Druze – and Shiites as well. Ultimately Israel hopes to squeeze Hezbollah out of existence or to lay down its arms under unbearable domestic and military pressure.

The drums are beating for a third Lebanon war | Asia Times

The next war will be the fourth Lebanon war. Israel-Lebanon wars:

  1. 1948 Arab–Israeli War
  2. The 1967 Six-Day War
  3. 2006 Lebanon War

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Israeli Airstrikes Are Turning Syria Into a Proxy War With Iran

TIME – ?15 hours ago?
(BEIRUT) — Syria’s military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors. Apparently seeking to
 

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

BBC News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Appearing to confirm Israeli involvement, Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria
 

IAF Bombs Hezbollah In Syria As Covert War Between Israel And Iran Escalates

Western Journalism – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The covert war between Israel and Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah is escalating. This week, Israeli Defense Forces carried out several strikes in Syria targeting positions of the Iran-backed National Defense Forces and the IAF bombed a Hezbollah …
 

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport: sources

Reuters – ?Apr 27, 2017?
President Bashar al-Assad is backed in Syria’s six-year-old civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite Muslim militias. These include Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran and enemy of Israel, which describes the group as the biggest threat it faces on
 

Israel Steps Up Pressure on Iran’s Ally With Suspected Strike

Bloomberg – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Explosions hit a warehouse and fuel tanks near Damascus airport, the latest in a series of suspected Israeli attacks on Hezbollah positions in Syria, where the Iranian-backed militant group is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year civil war.
 

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

CNBC – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in his six-year-old civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias. These include Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran and enemy of Israel, which describes the group as the biggest threat it faces on its
 

Israel-Syria-Iran Conflict Would Severely Strain Iran Nuclear Agreement

Forbes – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Israel’s overt entrance into the Syrian civil war is increasingly becoming a very real risk despite the Israeli government’s stated desire to remain neutral beyond conducting periodic airstrikes targeting Syrian and Iranian heavy weapons shipments to
 

Report: Israel attacked Iranian arms depot near Damascus airport

Ynetnews – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Report: Israel attacked Iranian arms depot near Damascus airport. IAF allegedly attacks early Thursday morning possibly game-changing weapons meant for Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militias fighting in Syria. At least five explosions reported.
 

Analysis: The secret war against Nasrallah’s precision-guided missiles

i24NEWS (press release) (registration) – ?14 hours ago?
Reports of an aerial attack in Syria, attributed to Israel in the local media, mark a new stage in the strategic combat between the Jewish State and Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah. The struggle, that has been going on for over a decade, seems to
 

Israel hints it was responsible for Damascus airport explosion

ABC Online – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Israel’s Intelligence Minister has all but confirmed the Israeli Air Force was behind suspected airstrikes near Damascus airport that are believed to have hit a weapons depot used by Iranian-backed militia loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 

Syria Blames Israel for Attack on Damascus Airport

New York Times – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Last month, Israel took the rare step of confirming that it had carried out several strikes in central Syria, also against what it said were efforts to transfer weapons to Hezbollah. The Shiite group is aligned with Iran and is fighting in Syria
 

Cargo planes from Iran landed in Damascus hours before alleged Israeli strike

i24news – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Four Iranian cargo planes landed at the airport outside Damascus in the hours before the alleged Israeli strike on Syrian military compound early Thursday morning, reported Haaretz citing a flight radar tracking site, flightradar24.com. The flights
 

Iran in Syria: A Gathering Storm?

FrontPage Magazine – ?15 hours ago?
At present, thanks to Syria’s collapse into civil war and the Obama administration’s—at best—inept policy there, Iran is within reach of establishing a permanent military presence to Israel’s north—a surefire recipe for ongoing struggle and menace.
 

Likud minister proposes US-Israel plan to expunge Iran from Syria

Ynetnews – ?13 hours ago?
Transportation and Intelligence Minister Katz presents US officials with a five-point plan, calling for Washington’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, and vamped up sanctions against Iran and Hezbollah; Katz urges joint US
 

Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus

Aljazeera.com – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking from the United States where he has been meeting US officials, told Israeli Army Radio: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s
 

Israel Strikes Supposed Arms Depot At Syria’s Damascus International Airport

The Drive – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio this morning the following concerning the attack: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via
 

Syria blames Israel for Damascus airport blast

CNN – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Last month, Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets. Syria said the Israeli jets struck a military site near Palmyra, but Israel said they targeted a weapons shipment to Iran-backed Hezbollah. Netanyahu defended the Israeli strike
 

Israel seeks US backing to avert permanent Iran foothold in Syria

Reuters – ?Apr 26, 2017?
… understanding, an agreement between the U.S. and Israel … not to let Iran have permanent military forces in Syria, by air, by land, by sea,” Katz told Reuters, saying this should be part of any future international accord on ending Syria’s six
 

Huge explosion in Damascus as Israel hits arms depot

Daily Mail – ?Apr 27, 2017?
But the country’s intelligence minister Israel Katz, speaking from the United States to Israeli Army Radio, said: ‘I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced
 

Iranian Defense Minister Believes Israel Should Be ‘Completely Disarmed’

Sputnik International – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Meanwhile, Syrian forces have several times claimed to have shot down IDF aircraft which were violating the country’s airspace. Israel has annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 following the 1967 Six-Day War with Syria. The relations between Israel and
 

Israeli Cabinet Minister to US Lawmakers: US Must Recognize Israeli Sovereignty on Golan Heights

Haaretz – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In light of the civil war in Syria and the growing Iranian presence in the country, the United States must recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz told senior members
 

Israel strikes arms depot near Syrian capital

Fox News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria, though it has carried out a number of airstrikes on suspected Iranian weapons shipments it believed were bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Iran and Hezbollah, both bitter enemies of
 

Russia slams alleged Israeli strike on Syria

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?20 hours ago?
Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Hossein Dehghan also condemned the alleged strike and Syria’s official news agency SANA stated that Israel had fired “several missiles” from inside the Golan Heights “in a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed
 

Iranian presence on border ‘unacceptable’, says Israeli defense minister

i24news – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Russia and Iran are allies and both back the Syrian regime in a conflict that has killed 310,000 people since it erupted in March 2011 with protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel has expressed concern over whether the civil war
 

Israeli Strike Hits Iranian Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport

Newsweek – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel bombed a warehouse near Damascus International Airport Thursday that it believed to be an Iranian arms depot operated by the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. The dawn strike hit an arms cache where a significant amount of weapons are sent from …
 

Strikes near Damascus ‘in line with Israel policy to stop Iran arms transfers’ – Israeli minister

RT – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Damascus International Airport was the country’s busiest air hub before hostilities erupted in 2011. Since the onset of the Syrian war, most international airlines have ceased flights to Damascus. The Israeli military is widely believed to have carried
 

Israel allegedly strikes arms depot in Syria, Russia urges restraint

Daily Sabah – ?22 hours ago?
Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, the Assad regime said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz …
 

Syria Confirms Israeli Strike Hit Military Compound Near Damascus Airport

Haaretz – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Syria’s official news agency blamed the strike on Israel, citing a military source. The report said the attack took place on a military compound southwest of the airport. The blasts were followed by a fire in the same place, said the Syrian Observatory
 

Did Moscow Green-Light an Israeli Attack in Syria?

Daily Beast – ?19 hours ago?
“The incident in Syria is consistent with our policy of preventing the smuggling of advanced weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran,” Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israel’s Army Radio. He declined, in accordance with the long-held
 

Syria And Israel’s Rocky Relationship Might’ve Just Gotten Worse

Normangee Star – ?8 hours ago?
Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the war-torn country a proxy theater for Israel’s wider war with Iran. Russian
 

Israel’s intelligence minister urges US to team up with Russia against Iran

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017 photo, Israel’s Transportation and Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP/Dan Balilty) …
 

The drums are beating for a third Lebanon war

Asia Times – ?12 hours ago?
Ever since its creation in the spring of 1948, the state of Israel has rarely “not won” a war with the Arabs. One exception was the 34-day Lebanon war of 2006, which was supposed to annihilate the Iran-backed “party of God,” Hezbollah. That feat was
 

After Damascus blasts, Israel intercepts ‘target’ from Syria

WYFF Greenville – ?Apr 27, 2017?
“I can confirm that the incident in Syria is completely compatible with the Israeli policy of operating to prevent the smuggling advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran,” Katz said. “I don’t want to go any further as is natural in
 

Minister Katz: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

JerusalemOnline – ?Apr 27, 2017?
“I want to achieve an understanding, an agreement, between the U.S. and Israel … not to let Iran have permanent military forces in Syria, by air, by land, by sea,” Katz said. He also praised the U.S. missile strike three weeks ago against a Syrian
 

Israel joins WAR in Syria? WW3 fears as air raid blasts rock Russian ally’s capital

Daily Star – ?Apr 27, 2017?
He told army radio: “The incident corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons to Hizbollah. “The Prime Minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer
 

Russia Calls for Restraint in Syria After Israeli Airstrikes on Hezbollah Arms Hub

Voice of America – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Throughout the Syrian war, which began in March 2011, Israel has made it clear it would not allow shipments of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah units fighting in Syria. Israeli forces have on multiple occasions used airstrikes or other attacks to stop
 

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WKMG Orlando – ?Apr 27, 2017?
… to describe Syrian rebels. “This aggression, which comes as a desperate attempt to raise the morale of terrorist groups that are collapsing under the blows of our armed forces, will not deter us from continuing and crushing our war on terror,” the
 

Report: Israel Blows Up Big Terror Weapons Stockpile Near Damascus Airport

Daily Caller – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Hezbollah is a Lebanese terrorist organization that fought a war against Israel in 2006, and is sponsored by Iran. Damascus International Airport is reportedly a major conduit of Iranian arms bound for Hezbollah in Syria. The group has thousands of
 

Syria accuses Israel of bombing outpost near Damascus

UPI.com – ?9 hours ago?
“I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this,” Israeli Intelligence Minister
 

Israeli Strike’ On Military Site Near Damascus Airport

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Assad is backed by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias including Hizballah, which is a close ally of Tehran and an enemy of Israel. Israel, which fought a war with Hizballah in 2006, is believed to have bombed Iranian arms consignments intended
 

Israel targets ‘drone’ and Syrian army base in two strikes

Radio New Zealand – ?22 hours ago?
Israel regards Hezbollah, and its key backer Iran, as its biggest threat. It went to war with Hezbollah in 2006 and the group has grown considerably more powerful since then. The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports, however Israel is
 

Israeli ‘target’ hit follows attack on arms transfer in Syria

The Australian – ?5 hours ago?
In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Jewish state would not allow “concentration of Iranian or Hezbollah forces on the Golan border”, Mr
 

Israel’s Patriot missile hits ‘drone’ from Syria

Sky News – ?22 hours ago?
Israel has performed missile strikes in the war-torn country before – often with the intent of disrupting weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon. The country’s minister of intelligence did not comment directly on the apparent missile
 

Israel Intercepts Airborne Target Over Golan Heights – IDF

pppFocus – ?16 hours ago?
The increasing tempo of attacks risks inflaming a highly combustible situation drawing in Israel, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a staunch ally of President Bashar Assad’s government with thousands of fighters in Syria. … Israel has largely
 

Israel military shoot down ‘target’ over Golan

Financial Times – ?Apr 27, 2017?
It was not immediately clear what the target was or whether it was shot down in Israeli or Syrian territory — Israel seized the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War and annexed it in 1981 — but the incident underscored the escalating tensions in the
 

Intelligence minister says Syria strike ‘consistent’ with Israeli policy

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
On Wednesday Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is in Moscow for a security conference, said that Israel was concerned over Iranian activity in Syria and that Tehran was using Syrian soil as a base for arms smuggling to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
 

The Attack in Syria: Israel’s Policy of Ambiguity Is Nearing an End

Haaretz – ?14 hours ago?
But on the long-term, strategic level, Israel has a problem: Russia’s military success in the war means the salvation of the Assad regime and a gain for Assad’s other allies, Iran and Hezbollah. Should Russia decide to promote the interests of these
 

Russia condemns alleged Israeli missile strike in Syria

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 27, 2017?
A photo taken from the rebel-held town of Douma shows flames rising in the distance which are believed to be coming from Damascus International Airport following an explosion early in the morning of April 27, 2017.(AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy) …
 

Israel shoots down Syrian drone over Golan hours after Damascus airport ‘incident’

RT – ?19 hours ago?
“The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran,” Katz told Israeli Army Radio, according to Reuters. “Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this
 

Israeli missile shoots down ‘target’ over Golan Heights

Daily Sabah – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Jewish state would not allow “concentration of Iranian or Hezbollah forces on the Golan border
 

Israeli Missile Shoots Down ‘Target’ over Golan

Naharnet – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that Israel would not allow “concentration of Iranian or Hizbullah forces on the Golan border,” Lieberman’s
 

Syria and Hizbollah blame Israel for raid near Damascus airport

The National – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Earlier, Iran-backed Hizbollah, which has forces fighting in Syria as allies of president Bashar Al Assad’s government, also said the explosions near the airport were probably caused by an Israeli air raid. A video of the attack circulated on social
 

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Middle East Online – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the country’s civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, which is a close ally of the Syrian regime. In line
 

Israeli strike hits arms depot in Damascus

The Australian – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in the country’s six-year civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias including Hezbollah, which is a close ally of Tehran and a sworn enemy of Israel. Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz
 

Israeli warplanes strike Lebanese Hezbollah weapons cache near Damascus, reports

Rudaw – ?Apr 27, 2017?
SANA quoted the source as saying that one of the military sites southwest of Damascus International Airport was the target of Israeli aggression at dawn today with several rockets fired from inside the occupied [Palestinian] territories, which led to
 

Syria blames Israel for missile attack near Damascus airport

Colorado Springs Gazette – ?19 hours ago?
Israel has been carrying out strikes in Syria throughout the civil war to block the transfer of what has been described as game-changing weapons to Hezbollah. Thursday’s attack comes after Russia, Iran and other pro-government allied forces had vowed
 

Multiple Israeli air strikes on Iranian ammunition supply depot near Damascus International Airport

NEWS.com.au – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Pro-Hezbollah TV said the blast near fuel tanks and warehouses adjacent to the airport were probably caused by an Israeli air strike. Syria is in the sixth year of a bloody civil war pitting the government of President Assad and his allies against
 

Arab Media: Israeli Strikes Hit Damascus Airport Base Used by Iran-Backed Militias

Breitbart News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah. In line with its usual practice, Israel’s military declined to
 

Israeli strike’ hits suspected Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport

The Independent – ?Apr 27, 2017?
… the strike hit an arms supply hub operated by Lebanese militant group Hezbollah from which the group receives a steady supply of weapons from Iran. The explosion was heard across the capital and in neighbouring towns, waking many, war monitor
 

Israeli missile downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 27, 2017?
However, Syrian officials insisted the Jewish state was behind the attack, which reportedly targeted a stash of weapons that were bound for the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group. Though he didn’t explicitly acknowledge IsraelIsrael has carried
 

Israel strikes Hezbollah arms supply hub near Damascus airport

The Australian – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in the country’s six-year civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shia militias including Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran and a sworn enemy of Israel. Russia called last night for restraint. “We continue to
 

Syria says Israel attacked Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport

pppFocus – ?19 hours ago?
The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, is backed in the country’s six-year civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shia militias including Hezbollah, which is a close ally of Tehran and a sworn enemy of Israel. “The Prime Minister has said that whenever
 

Syria: “Israel attacked, caused extensive damage”

JerusalemOnline – ?Apr 27, 2017?
It will not deter us from continuing the war against them and from defeating them,” said the source. Hours after the attack attributed to Israel, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who is on a visit to Moscow, condemned the attack and denied the …
 

Israeli missile shoots down ‘target’ over Golan: army

Daily Mail – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Jewish state would not allow “concentration of Iranian or Hezbollah forces on the Golan border
 

Alliance of Convenience: Israel Supports Syria’s ISIS Terror Group

Center for Research on Globalization – ?Apr 26, 2017?
On April 24, FARS News reported increased US/UK/Israeli aid to al-Nusra terrorists – aiming “to create an autonomous region in Southern Syria, but the plan is confronted by Iran and Russia’s intensified intelligence and military operations.” At the
 

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Drone Over Golan Heights

Haaretz – ?Apr 27, 2017?
It was the most serious clash between the two countries since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war six years ago and the first time Israel took responsibility for an attack in Syria. One of the anti-air projectiles fired by the Syrian army was
 

Syria: Israel bombards military base outside Damascus

Morning Star Online – ?21 hours ago?
“This aggression will not dissuade the army from continuing the war against terrorism and crushing it.” Tel Aviv did not admit to the attack, but Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said: “The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s
 

Israel linked to series of blasts in Damascus

Yahoo News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
A series of blasts have ripped through an arms supply hub close to Damascus International Airport in Syria. Syrian rebel and intelligence sources are claiming that Israeli air strikes were responsible. The Damascus hub is reportedly used by Hezbollah
 

Minister Katz: Syria Attack ‘Matches Our Policy Perfectly’

http://hamodia.com – ?Apr 27, 2017?
YERUSHALAYIM – Israel has not officially commented on the bombing of a weapons and ammunition cache belonging to Iran outside Damascus early Thursday, but Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz gave a positive nod to the IDF as a possible source of the
 

Israel intercepts ‘projectile’ from Syria hours after Damascus missile attack

AppsforPCdaily – ?15 hours ago?
“I can confirm that the incident in Syria is completely compatible with the Israeli policy of operating to prevent the smuggling advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran“, Katz said in response to a question on the incident. The US
 

The Latest: Israel intercepts incoming ‘target’ from Syria

WAND – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel has repeatedly warned against “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah from Syria, which along with Iran supports the militant group. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel in the 2006 war. The explosion was heard across the Syrian …
 

Israel launches airstrike against Hezbollah targets near Damascus International Airport

SOFREP (press release) (subscription) – ?19 hours ago?
The weapons supply belonged to Hezbollah, which has received stockpiles of missiles and munitions from Iran over the last several years, spiking recently as Hezbollah has been an active participant in the Syrian Civil War. The weapons have been
 

‘Huge’ explosions near Damascus airport

Geo News, Pakistan – ?Apr 27, 2017?
AMMAN/BEIRUT: A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. But, quoting Syrian rebel and intelligence sources, news agency Reuters …
 

Syria says Israel attacked Damascus airport

Alive For Football – ?18 hours ago?
Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio this morning the following concerning the attack: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via
 

Israel minister says Damascus blast consistent with country’s policy

Al-Arabiya – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the six-year civil war in Syria, but acknowledges carrying out air strikes there to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. Last month, in the most serious incident between the
 

Hezbollah accuses Israel of bombing Damascus airport

Normangee Star – ?6 hours ago?
Israel has carried out intermittent strikes inside Syria, fearing that Iran is helping Hezbollah build its arsenal amid the chaos of the civil war. Lebanon’s al-Manar television, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, said early indications were that the
 

Israel intercepts incoming ‘target’ from Syria using Patriot missile

International Business Times UK – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In response Syria said they had shot down an Israeli jet, something denied by Israel. Skirmishes between Syrian forces and the Israel Defence Force (IDF) have occurred regularly in the Golan Heights since the start of the Syrian civil war six years ago.
 

Blast near Damascus airport thought to be Israeli strike

ClickLancashire – ?19 hours ago?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in his six-year-old civil war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias including Hezbollah, a close ally of Tehran and enemy of Israel. More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict
 

Large blast and fire at Damascus airport

The Hindu – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is backed in the war by Russia, Iran and regional Shi’ite militias including Hezbollah, which is a close ally of Tehran and a sworn enemy of Israel. Israeli officials have cited any movement of advanced weaponry to
 

Damascus airport rocked by several explosions, Syria blames airstrike on Israel

Malaysia Sun (press release) – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The explosion was widely believed to have been carried out by Israel in Damascus airport’s military section, where both Hezbollah and Iran maintain a military office for those assisting with the Syrian civil war. Israel is also said to have led attacks
 

Syria to buy latest Russian anti-missile system: Assad

Normangee Star – ?9 hours ago?
Just before the apparent Israeli missile strike, at least three cargo jets from Iran probably landed at the Damascus airport, said Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24. Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which
 

Minister hints Israel behind strike on Syria airport

Al-Bawaba – ?Apr 27, 2017?
An unnamed regional intelligence source, quoted by Reuters, said the strike was carried out by Israel and targeted an Iran-supplied Hezbollah arms depot. The Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar news site also attributed the … In April 2016, Netanyahu admitted
 

Why Strike Near Damascus Airport Could Have Been ‘a Deliberate Provocation’

Alive For Football – ?16 hours ago?
18 January 2015: Six Hezbollah fighters and several Iranian soldiers, including a general, die in suspected Israeli air strikes in Syria’s Golan Heights region. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel in the 2006 war. She says “Moscow
 

FIGHTING FUND

Morning Star Online – ?21 hours ago?
The regional rogue state claims to have targeted rockets sent from Iran to Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah, dressing up its attack on a neighbouring state as pre-emptive self-defence. Imperialist media outlets carry such justifications … Israel’s
 

Large explosion near Damascus airport, ‘probably’ Israeli strike

The National – ?Apr 27, 2017?
In line with its usual practice, Israel’s military has declined to comment on the incident. Syria is in the sixth year of a bloody civil war pitting the government of president Bashar Al Assad and his allies against opposition forces that has left more
 

Israeli strikes hit arms depot near Damascus airport

The New Arab – ?Apr 27, 2017?
“We are acting to prevent the transfer of sophisticated weapons from Syria to Hizballah in Lebanon by Iran,” Katz told army radio. “When we receive serious information about the intention to transfer weapons to Hizballah, we will … Israel carries out
 

‘Huge’ explosion at Damascus airport

Daily News Egypt – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Syrian state TV said an Israeli airstrike targeting a Hezbollah arms depot caused the blast. Daily News Egypt 6 … “We are acting to prevent the transfer of sophisticated weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran,” Katz said on Israeli army
 

Strike on Damascus Airport in Line With Anti-Hezbollah Policy – Israeli Minister

ClickLancashire – ?18 hours ago?
Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad but escalated as militant groups and regional players such as Iran, Turkey Russia and Israel became involved. On April 21, the Israeli aviation targeted the Syrian
 

Israeli Patriot missiles down target over Golan Heights – army

ClickLancashire – ?14 hours ago?
Leaving earlier that month for talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Netanyahu said: “Iran is trying to establish itself permanently in Syria, with a military presence on the ground and at sea
 

‘Huge’ explosion reported at Damascus airport

Deutsche Welle – ?Apr 26, 2017?
A spokesperson from the Israeli military, speaking to Reuters, declined to comment when asked if Israel was involved. Al-Manar is affiliated with Hezbollah, an ally of the … regularly stocked with supplies sent from Tehran. Iran is also an ally of
 

Damascus International Airport Rocked by Huge Explosion

CDA News – ?20 hours ago?
Iran has been the Islamist militant group’s main backer for some years now, and as such has been at war with Israel since 2006. The latter nation views Hezbollah’s top supporter as the “biggest threat” to their country. The Damascus International

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Fomenting New HamasIsrael War, PA Stops Payments for Gaza Electricity

The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced it will no longer pay Israel for the electricity it provides to the Gaza Strip, in a move that will certainly increase the suffering of local residents. The message was delivered to the Coordinator of
 

IDF officer warns Gaza fuel shortage could spark war

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 25, 2017?
In military channels or for civilian needs in the Strip?” the officer told journalists, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There’s a chance this could lead Hamas to a clash with Israel,” he added. The IDF has long warned of the security implications
 

Israel: Gaza electricity crisis caused by Hamas

JerusalemOnline – ?Apr 27, 2017?
He added that Hamas uses money it gets from Iran for “funding its military wing, purchasing cement and other materials in order to prepare for war, instead of providing humanitarian aid for its population.” Mordechai’s statements came hours after the …
 

Explosion in Gaza injures 2 at reported Hamas military site

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Gaza terrorists have dug dozens of tunnels, many reaching under the border into Israel, to launch attacks inside the Jewish state. While Israel destroyed many of them during the summer 2014 war, it says Hamas has since been rebuilding the network, and …
 

Abbas turns screw on Hamas by cutting Gaza’s electricity

Reuters – ?Apr 27, 2017?
GAZA With the prospect looming of a Middle East peace initiative by a new U.S. administration more sympathetic to Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has decided to turn the screw on the Hamas group that has kept Gaza out of his control for a …
 

Hamas says it won’t be cowed by Abbas’s threats

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Gaza, a tiny territory of 2 million people on the Mediterranean, has suffered through increasing hardship since the Hamas takeover, which triggered a border blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt. In recent years, Gazans have endured rolling power
 

Hamas in Gaza says it won’t be cowed by Abbas’ threats

Washington Post – ?Apr 26, 2017?
In the program, Hamas characterizes itself as a Palestinian resistance movement against Israeli occupation, dropping references to holy war against Jews. It also raises the possibility of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east
 

Defiant Hamas says it won’t be cowed by PA president’s threats

Israel Hayom – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Gaza, a tiny territory of 2 million people on the Mediterranean, has suffered through increasing hardship since the Hamas takeover, which triggered a border blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt, imposed as part of the two nations’ war on terror. In
 

Israel shells Hamas post in retaliation for gunshots from Gaza

Xinhua – ?Apr 27, 2017?
JERUSALEM, April 27 (Xinhua) — Israel fired artillery shells at a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip, shortly after gunshots fired from the besieged Palestinian enclave, causing no injuries, the military said on Thursday. A military spokesman said shots
 

Senior IDF officer warns Gaza’s electricity woes could lead to war

The Times of Israel (blog) – ?Apr 25, 2017?
A senior army officer warns that an impending power outage in the Gaza Strip could lead to a conflict between Hamas and Israel. The coastal enclave is expected to run out of fuel to run its power plant due to a spat between Hamas and the Palestinian …
 

The Palestinian news you don’t see

Washington Examiner – ?Apr 27, 2017?
… its previous charter calls for a genocide of all Jews—on Monday that is expected to accept a neighboring state on the borders created by the 1949 armistice agreement, reflecting where troops were when fighting from the Israeli War of Independence
 

Israel in dilemma over Gaza electricity crisis

Jewish Chronicle – ?Apr 27, 2017?
An internal war between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas over who has control of the Gaza Strip has led to a crisis over who pays Israel for the Strip’s electricity supply. The PA informed Israel on Thursday that it would no longer pay for the
 

Gaza’s power crisis deepens as PA says it will not pay Israel for electricity

The National – ?Apr 27, 2017?
It usually produces 60 megawatts, added to the 125 megawatts supplied by Israel and 25 megawatts that come across power lines from Egypt. The strip was heavily battered in a July-August 2014 war between Israel and Hamas that killed more than 2,200 …
 

Abbas may cut off cash to Gaza, marking break with West Bank

The Times of Israel – ?Apr 25, 2017?
Hamas seized power in Gaza from the PA in a violent coup in 2007. Israel and Egypt then initiated a blockade officially geared toward preventing the terror group, avowedly committed to the destruction of Israel, from importing weaponry and materiel
 

Israel shells Hamas site in southern Gaza after shots fired towards soldiers

Ma’an News Agency (press release) – ?Apr 27, 2017?
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shelled an alleged Hamas military post in the southern besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, after soldiers were reportedly shot at earlier in the day. … groups inside the Gaza Strip occasionally fire rockets
 

Abbas should stop playing us for political gain, say young Gazan writers

Mondoweiss – ?Apr 27, 2017?
And as if to prove his “mettle,” he has declared a war on Gaza. Abbas has literally thrown down the gauntlet to Hamas, demanding that it cede its control of the … But Hamas is not without blame. We need a new election. Who would win? I don’t think
 

Hamas: The New Charter That Isn’t

Gatestone Institute – ?Apr 25, 2017?
No Palestinian leader is even authorized to pledge an end to Palestinian demands, even if he is given all the territories held by Israel since the 1967 Six Day War. Anyone could justifiably come along later — after land had irreversibly changed hands
 

Palestinian Authority to stop funding Gaza electricity

Aljazeera.com – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The Palestinian Authority has notified Israel that it will no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, as the World Bank warned of power outages deepening a humanitarian crisis. The move could lead to a complete power shutdown in Hamas
 

Barbara Kay: When pointing to CBC’s anti-Israel bias, there are plenty of examples

National Post – ?Apr 25, 2017?
That’s why I began with the NYT, whose specific and disproportionate bias against Israel was meticulously annotated in Richard Behar’s 50-page Forbes.com article on NYT reportage during the 2014 IsraelHamas war. The glossing-over of Barghouti’s …
 

Israeli Middle East expert David Bedein: “Fatah cooperates with Hamas

JerusalemOnline – ?Apr 25, 2017?
In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, David Bedein, the head of the Center for Near East Policy Research, discussed the connections between Hamas and Fatah, which are highlighted in his recently published book titled: “The PLO and the Genesis
 

Fears of blackout after Palestinian Authority cuts Gaza’s electricity

The New Arab – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The move, announced in a statement by Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), is thought to be a power play by President Mahmoud Abbas against Hamas authorities in Gaza. The decision will cut power supplies which …
 

New Chapter In Textbook Wars Is Test For Trump

Jewish Week – ?Apr 25, 2017?
He had been suspended since February, when Israel alleged that he had been elected to a leadership position in Hamas. The ending of al-Hindi’s employment and moves to reform the curriculum seems to have been part of a cleanup for the Trump era.
 

How New is the New Hamas Charter?

The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com – ?Apr 25, 2017?
When Egypt and Jordan attacked Israel (Egypt’s closing the Strait of Tiran was a legitimate casus belli, cause for war), Israel repelled them and ended up sitting on land — Gaza, the Sinai Peninsula, Judaea and Samaria — which it immediately offered
 

Remaining alert: 15 years after Israel’s biggest West Bank op since 1967

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?Apr 27, 2017?
Fifteen years ago Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield, its largest military operation in the West Bank since the 1967 Six Day War, calling up reservists and sending troops and heavy weaponry deep into the hearts of six major Palestinian cities
 

Abbas to Shut Off Money to Gaza and Hamas?

Honestreporting.com – ?Apr 25, 2017?
1. Sources close to Mahmoud Abbas told the Times of Israel the PA chief may cut off all cash to Gaza. The ultimatum to Hamas: Accept our rule or we’ll stop paying your bills. This “would constitute official recognition of the split between Gaza and the
 

As power crisis deepens, PA cuts electricity payments to Gaza

Ma’an News Agency (press release) – ?Apr 27, 2017?
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority (PA) reportedly notified authorities on Thursday that it would stop paying for the electricity that Israel provides the besieged Gaza Strip, as the Fatah-ruled PA and Hamas, the de-facto leaders of Gaza
 

Even the experts are turning on the West Bank occupation

Jewish Journal – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Like Rabin, they harbor few illusions about whether Hamas loves Jews or whether ISIS doesn’t have its sights set on Ramallah, much less Amman. As the former head of the Israel Defense Forces’ liaison unit in southern Lebanon, … When Israel conquered
 

The Washington Post’s Jewish home fixation

thejewishchronicle.net – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The Washington Post reporting on the Arab-Israeli conflict has become increasingly lopsided. The Post, with seemingly greater frequency, omits Palestinian rejection of Israel’s legitimacy and fails to report on internal Palestinian affairs. Instead
 

A Case Study of Lethal Journalism: The New York Times and Marwan Barghouti

Algemeiner – ?Apr 26, 2017?
After the outbreak of the Oslo War against Israel in 2000, Barghouti formed the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades to compete with Hamas in committing suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. Indeed his group has the “honor” of first deploying female suicide “martyrs.
 

Israel vilified in Parliament, four Jews protest and get thrown out

Jewish News (blog) – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Professor Pullan spoke about how the ‘occupation’ has been bad for Jerusalem. She neglected to mention that in 2015 Jerusalem was 36% Muslim and 61% Jewish, versus just 21%/75% after the Six Day War in 1967. She also said … She supports the total
 

Israeli Tank Fires on Southern Gaza Strip, No Casualties Reported

Tasnim News Agency (press release) – ?Apr 27, 2017?
The Israeli military announced in a statement on Thursday that the tank fire had struck and destroyed a purported military site belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, after shots were allegedly fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli
 

FORUM: Honoring those like Barghouti will make ‘enduring peace’ much less attainable

New Haven Register – ?Apr 24, 2017?
Barghouti, and other co-founders of BDS, have made clear time and again that they reject a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reject Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and will only accept a single state where Palestinians
 

Mass hunger strike tests Palestinian unity

The Electronic Intifada – ?Apr 26, 2017?
… detainees from the territory it occupies, such as the West Bank, into its own territory. Majd’s imprisonment in Israel is thus a war crime. … Esmat Mansour, who was imprisoned by Israel between 1993 and 2013, said this is a direct result of the
 

Israel rejects negotiations with jailed Palestinian hunger strikers

pppFocus – ?Apr 24, 2017?
The strikes fall in tandem with Palestinian Prisoners Day and also marks 50 years since the Six Day War between Israel and Egypt in 1967 – where Israel were victorious and captured the Gaza Strip. There are fears that the hunger strike – observed by 1
 

Arab League calls for UN chief to stand up for Palestinian prisoners

Middle East Monitor – ?Apr 26, 2017?
The head of the Arab League has called for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to stand up for the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike inside Israeli jails, Quds Net reported on Tuesday. In a letter sent to Guterres, Ahmed Abul-Gheit expressed his …
 

Palestinian prisoners launch massive hunger strike

Workers World – ?Apr 24, 2017?
While the strike has drawn most of its participants from imprisoned members of Barghouti’s Fatah movement, smaller groups of prisoners from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front
 

Don’t Cheat This Time, Marwan Barghouti

Breaking Israel News – ?Apr 24, 2017?
Barghouti founded the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade terror group and was the leader of Fatah’s armed wing, the Tanzim terrorist organization during the Oslo War, before being captured by Israeli forces in April 2002. He was tried in 2004, the court
 

New York Times continues to flunk geography

The Electronic Intifada (blog) – ?Apr 24, 2017?
Of course, the Times never adds such caveats regarding Israeli leaders who write for the newspaper, even when war crimes they oversaw are detailed by the UN or human rights organizations – perhaps because the international impunity they enjoy means
 

solidarity with jailed hunger strikers swells

gulfnews.com – ?Apr 26, 2017?
Israeli occupation over the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territories captured during the 1967 war and claimed by the Palestinians as part of a future state, reaches the half-century mark in June. The Palestinian prisoners seek better conditions
 

Palestine’s Mandela

The News International – ?Apr 25, 2017?
… we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and
 

Egyptian power lines break down, worsening electricity crisis in Gaza

Ma’an News Agency (press release) – ?Apr 25, 2017?
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — All Egyptian electricity lines feeding the southern Gaza Strip broke down Monday evening, Gaza’s electricity company said, creating further shortages for the besieged Palestinian territory, which has already been suffering from
 

The Palestinians Don’t Want a Mandela, They Want Another Arafat

Algemeiner – ?Apr 25, 2017?
Given that Israel has as little interest in releasing Barghouti as Abbas does in having a new election — the current PA leader is serving the 12th year of the four-year presidential term to which he was elected — it’s not clear how he’ll pull off
 

Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike

Pakistan Today – ?Apr 25, 2017?
But when Israel is on the war-path in an effort to discredit criticism, facts don’t matter. … One Israeli minister said that Barghouti should have been “executed”, while another said that Israel should treat their prisoners the way Hamas treats its

Fomenting New Hamas-Israel War, PA…

Israel to launch major project to block Hamas tunnels

The researchers involved in the simulation games recently conducted by the IDF were aware of this motive. Will Hamas try to take advantage of Israel’s obstacle-construction to break the rules of the game — again? So far, there is no clear, definitive appraisal of the odds. But the more the economic situation in Gaza worsens, and the more Hamas feels powerless regarding the distress of the Gaza residents, the more likely it is to retaliate. There is a high likelihood that Israel’s obstacle-building efforts may be the catalyst for an eruption of Hamas violence to break the closure on Gaza.

Another scenario that was taken into account: Even if the Hamas military branch Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades will internalize Israel’s determination to build an obstacle against Hamas tunnels, the jihadi organizations in Gaza may not be likely to do so. These organizations, which lie in wait for any opportunity to challenge Hamas and get it into trouble with Israel, may well take advantage of the fact that hundreds of Israeli laborers with heavy tools will be working adjacent to the long Gaza border — and the workers will be relatively exposed.

Israel to launch major project to block Hamas tunnels

Ynetnews Opinion – The wall that could spark a war between Israel and Hamas

According to defense establishment assessments, once the obstacle project is completed in about two years around about 65 kilometers of the border fence, it will hermetically prevent the infiltration of tunnels.

This will create a dilemma for Hamas, which the organization has never faced before: How to operate when the strategic ability it has been building for years to offset the IDF’s offensive ability is being taken away, while the rules of the game are completely changing.

We can cautiously assume that Hamas will not accept the massive construction work and will try to torpedo the project from the start, even at the cost of launching another round of fighting against Israel. As far as Hamas leader Yahya Sanwar and military chief commander Muhammed Deif are concerned, a war without tunnels is out of the question.

Ynetnews Opinion – The wall that could spark a war between Israel and Hamas

War or peace: What summer 2017 holds for Hamas and Israel | Middle East Eye

Israel and Hamas are headed to a new junction which will determine whether summer 2017 will bring them on the verge of a new confrontation or prolong the relative peace of the past 30 months along their 65-kilometre border.

By August, Israel intends to accelerate the construction of its new border fence, positioned solely on Israeli territory. The new project, which began a few months ago, is one of the biggest investments – $1bn – in a single procurement of the Israeli defense capabilities over a short period.

When finished, the fence will probably be the most advanced border obstacle in the world, complete with deep underground cement walls fitted with seismic equipment and an above ground fence equipped with sophisticated sensors. It will engulf the Gaza Strip on three sides by land. The Mediterranean Sea provides a fourth.

War or peace: What summer 2017 holds for Hamas and Israel | Middle East Eye

Israel’s overt entrance into the Syrian civil war is increasingly becoming a very real risk

Israel’s overt entrance into the Syrian civil war is increasingly becoming a very real risk despite the Israeli government’s stated desire to remain neutral beyond conducting periodic airstrikes targeting Syrian and Iranian heavy weapons shipments to Hezbollah. This activity is aggravating the Syrian and Iranian regimes and could lead one of these parties to miscalculate or deliberately escalate the conflict. This would drive up regional risk factors and potentially disrupt oil exports in both Iran and Iraq.

Assad is unlikely to calculate that the Arab states would suddenly flip from opposing to supporting him if he initiated a conflict with Israel. He could more conceivably conclude, however, that Iran’s ailing Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is fixated on the annihilation of Israel, would seize the opportunity for one last war with it, however improbable it is that Iran and allied forces could win such a conflict.

Whatever the case, at least as long as Khamenei remains in power in Iran, conflict between Hezollah and Iranian forces against Israel along the Golan Heights and in southern Lebanon is more a question of “when” rather than “if.” The only way this will change is if both Iran and the U.S. muster the political will to seriously reach a compromise on a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is inextricably tied to the Syria conflict.

Israel-Syria-Iran Conflict Would Severely Strain Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iran heading for ‘cutthroat struggle for power’ as Khamenei’s demise nears

Iran is sliding into uncertainty as medical reports indicate sudden deterioration of the health of the current supreme leader of Mullah regime Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei, 77, is deteriorating due to the cancer spreading across his body.

Experts suggest the leader of the Mullah regime’s days are numbered, indicating that his chronic disease will not let his days in life go past the current year at the latest.

Hence emerges the most urgent question on the case: Who will succeed Khamenei, with much speculation surfacing on the plans of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps. (IRGC) to fill the void.

Iran heading for ‘cutthroat struggle for power’ as Khamenei’s demise nears

Message from Iran to Trump about Khamenei’s failing health – Middle East Monitor

Sources in Iran have revealed that a secret message has been sent from Tehran to US President Donald Trump concerning the deteriorating health of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Former President, Abolhasan Banisadr, gave details of the “secret message” to the Iran Wire news website, Al-Arabiya reported.

Message from Iran to Trump about Khamenei’s failing health – Middle East Monitor

Coverage of Israeli Strike on Syria

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Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms depot near Damascus airport

Reuters – ?7 hours ago?
A video posted to social media shows explosions and rising flames, said to be in Damascus. Social Media Website via Reuters TV. By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Angus McDowall | AMMAN/BEIRUT. AMMAN/BEIRUT Israel struck an arms supply hub operated …
 

Israel intercepts incoming ‘target’ from Syria as tension rise after Damascus blast

WISN Milwaukee – ?20 minutes ago?
Israel’s military says it deployed its Patriot missile defense system to intercept a projectile incoming from Syria above the Golan Heights. Advertisement. The military did not elaborate on what it described as a “target” in its message on Thursday night.
 

Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

WRAL.com – ?28 minutes ago?
BEIRUT — An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors. After nightfall, the Israeli military …
 

Syrian media claims Israel attacked installation near Damascus

Colorado Springs Gazette – ?3 hours ago?
BEIRUT — An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors. The Syrian military said in a …
 

Explosions Rock Damascus Airport; Syria Blames Israel

New York Times – ?7 hours ago?
JERUSALEM — Syrian and rebel officials blamed Israel for several explosions on Thursday morning at warehouses near the Damascus airport that the Israeli news media said were housing weapons bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Israel …
 

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Yahoo News – ?7 hours ago?
Syria accused Israel of triggering a huge explosion near Damascus airport on Thursday by firing several missiles at a military position. Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the country’s civil war erupted in 2011, most of which …
 

Israel Blamed for Airstrike on Syria Military Installation Near Damascus

NBCNews.com – ?4 hours ago?
Syrian state media blamed Israel Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near Damascus that shook the capital from the force of the blasts. Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz would not comment directly but …
 

Syria blames Israel for Damascus airport blast

WFMZ Allentown – ?2 hours ago?
Israel won’t confirm nor deny responsibility for the explosion. But an Israeli government minister said “the incident in Syria” fits Israel’s policy of trying to stop weapons from being shipped from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Here’s what happened …
 

Syria accuses Israel of bombing outpost near Damascus

UPI.com – ?6 hours ago?
The Israeli Air Force is accused of carrying out an airstrike targeting a Syrian regime military position near the Damascus International Airport on Thursday that caused some material damage, Syrian officials said. File Photo by Israeli Air Force …
 

Israel strikes Hezbollah arms supply hub near Damascus airport

The Australian – ?3 hours ago?
Israel has struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport, where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and military cargo planes, Syrian rebel and intelligence sources said last night.
 

Overnight explosion rocks Damascus; Syrian government blames Israel

ABC News – ?7 hours ago?
An large overnight explosion on Thursday rocked Syria’s capital, the country’s state media and opposition activists said. The explosion occurred at a military installation near the Damascus airport, according to both SANA state TV and the Syrian …
 

Syria: Explosion rocks Damascus airport

The Southern – ?6 hours ago?
A loud explosion hit close to the Damascus International Airport in Syria Thursday, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The explosion “shook the Damascus International Airport area at dawn today. A thud could be heard in …
 

Huge explosion in Damascus as Israel hits arms depot

Daily Mail – ?4 hours ago?
A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early today as Israel blew up an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. They were reportedly targeting weapons sent …
 

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

BBC News – ?8 hours ago?
An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport, Syrian state media report. A fuel tank and warehouses were damaged, the Sana news agency said. But Syrian rebel sources said an arms …
 

Russia says Israeli strikes on Syria are unacceptable, urges restraint

The Fiscal Times – ?4 hours ago?
Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes. “We consider …
 

Syrian Media Blames Israel for Strikes Near Damascus Airport

Yahoo News – ?6 hours ago?
A series of strikes hit areas near Damascus airport in the early hours of Thursday, April 27. The Syrian State News Agency (SANA) cited a military source as saying that the strikes had targeted a military position near the airport, and that rockets had …
 

‘Iran must not be allowed a permanent foothold in Syria’

gulfnews.com – ?5 hours ago?
Washington: Israel is seeking an “understanding” with the Trump administration that Iran must not be allowed to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria, Israel’s intelligence minister told Reuters on Wednesday. In an interview, visiting …
 

The Latest: Russia condemns apparent Israeli strike on Syria

news9.com KWTV – ?3 hours ago?
BEIRUT (AP) – The Latest on Syria (all times local):. 5 p.m.. Russia has denounced what it called “aggression” against Syria in the wake of an apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport …
 

Russia condemns alleged Israeli missile strike in Syria

The Times of Israel – ?3 hours ago?
A photo taken from the rebel-held town of Douma shows flames rising in the distance which are believed to be coming from Damascus International Airport following an explosion early in the morning of April 27, 2017.(AFP PHOTO / Sameer Al-Doumy) …
 

‘Huge’ explosion at Damascus airport

Deutsche Welle – ?7 hours ago?
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a large explosion has hit near Damascus International Airport. Syrian state TV said an Israeli airstrike targeting a Hezbollah arms depot caused the blast. Syrien Archivbild Brand Damaskus Flughafen …
 

Explosions Rock Damascus Airport Following Cargo Flights From Iran

TheTower.org – ?3 hours ago?
Explosions rocked the area near Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning following the arrival of cargo planes from Iran. An error occurred. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.
 

Syrian army will respond to Israeli strike near Damascus, says official

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?7 hours ago?
A senior Syrian official threatened on Thursday that his country would respond to an alleged Israeli strike on a Hezbollah-operated weapons hub near the Damascus airport. “The Syrian army and its allies will work to thwart the new Israeli plot on the …
 

Israel Steps Up Pressure on Iran’s Ally With Suspected Strike

Bloomberg – ?11 hours ago?
Explosions hit a warehouse and fuel tanks near Damascus airport, the latest in a series of suspected Israeli attacks on Hezbollah positions in Syria, where the Iranian-backed militant group is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year civil war.
 

Russia calls for Israeli ‘restraint’ in Syria

Arutz Sheva – ?3 hours ago?
The Kremlin on Thursday called for restraint after Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near Damascus airport. “We continue to consider that all countries need to refrain from any kind of actions that lead to an …
 

Explosion Rocks Damascus Airport

Wall Street Journal (subscription) – ?8 hours ago?
A large explosion rocked the area near Damascus International Airport early Thursday, in what official Syrian state media said was an Israeli missile strike. Israel neither confirmed nor denied it was behind the attack, in keeping with official …
 

Israel reportedly strikes arms depot near Syrian capital

Fox News – ?10 hours ago?
Israel on Thursday reportedly struck an arms depot near Damascus airport over its policy to “act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran.” ADVERTISEMENT. Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported that five strikes …
 

Syria confirms Israeli attack near Damascus int’l airport

Xinhua – ?8 hours ago?
DAMASCUS, April 27 (Xinhua) — The Syrian army confirmed that Israel missile fire targeted a Syrian military position near the international airport of the capital Damascus earlier on Thursday, according to the state TV. Israel fired several missiles …
 

Syria says Israeli missile strike near Damascus airport confirmed

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?9 hours ago?
Israeli minister Yisrael Katz said the attack matched Israel’s policy of not allowing sophisticated weapons to reach Hezbollah. Bashar Assad. (photo credit:REUTERS). BEIRUT – Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus …
 

Syria: ?Israeli Strike? Hits Near Damascus Airport

Daily Beast – ?5 hours ago?
Syrian state media claimed Thursday that an Israeli missile strike caused an explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus’s airport. However, Syrian rebel sources told the BBC that the target was an arms depot controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah …
 

Powerful Blasts Near Damascus Airport Likely Result of Israeli Strikes

Asharq Al-awsat English – ?6 hours ago?
Smoke at the Mezzah military airport on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus following an explosion early on January 13, 2017. Photo: AFP. Powerful Blasts Near Damascus Airport Likely Result of Israeli Strikes – UN Special Envoy to Yemen …
 

Israel missiles hit near Damascus airport: Syria state media

India.com – ?7 hours ago?
Damascus, Apr 27 (AFP) A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early today was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a “military position”, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. By PTI Feeds | Published: April 27, 2017 3:44 PM IST Email. 0 Shares.
 

Strike on Damascus Airport in Line With Anti-Hezbollah Policy – Israeli Minister

Sputnik International – ?8 hours ago?
A strike near the Damascus International Airport, which was carried out earlier on Thursday, is compatible with Israel’s policy of targeting Lebanese group Hezbollah’s Iranian arms supplies streaming through Syria, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael …
 

‘Israeli strikes’ hit arms depot in Damascus

Aljazeera.com – ?11 hours ago?
Arms depot near Damascus International airport goes up in flames after series of overnight strikes blamed on Israel. 27 Apr 2017 17:22 GMT. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker. 0; All Social. Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker. 0; All Social …
 

Israel attacks Iranian arms depot

WND.com – ?5 hours ago?
(YNetNews) The Israel Air Force reportedly attacked an Iranian arms depot near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning, according to the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television station. According to the report, a series of explosions …
 

Damascus explosion: large blast, fire at airport reflect Israel policy

The Sydney Morning Herald – ?8 hours ago?
Amman: A massive blast near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday was caused by an Israeli air strike on warehouses and fuel tanks operated by a Syrian government ally. Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking from the United …
 

‘Huge’ explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor

Yahoo News – ?12 hours ago?
A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. The blast was outside the airport itself. It was not immediately clear whether it was the …
 

Intelligence minister says Syria strike ‘consistent’ with Israeli policy

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?10 hours ago?
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Thursday that the reports of an airstrike targeting Damascus Airport matches Israel’s policy of preventing the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah. Katz, while not confirming outright Israel struck …
 

Syria Confirms Israeli Missile Attacks Near Damascus Int’l Airport – Reports

Sputnik International – ?9 hours ago?
Israel launched missiles at a site near Damascus International Airport in Syria, causing material damage, Syrian media cited a military source as saying Thursday. “One of the military facilities located to the southwest of Damascus International …
 

Iran: ‘Israel should be disarmed to stabilise region’

Middle East Monitor – ?2 hours ago?
Israel should be disarmed so peace and security can be restored in the region, Russian news agency Sputnik reported Iranian Defence Minister, Hossein Dehghan, saying today. Speaking to Russian media, Dehghan said: Given the history of the Israeli …
 

Israeli missiles hit Syrian military position near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

Daily Mail – ?8 hours ago?
BEIRUT, April 27 (Reuters) – Several Israeli missiles hit a Syrian military position southwest of Damascus airport at dawn on Thursday, Syrian state media said. The “Israeli aggression” resulted in explosions at the site and some material losses, it …
 

Israeli Strike Hits Iranian Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport

Newsweek – ?9 hours ago?
Israel bombed a warehouse near Damascus International Airport Thursday that it believed to be an Iranian arms depot operated by the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. The dawn strike hit an arms cache where a significant amount of weapons are sent from …
 

Damascus blast ‘consistent with Israeli policy’

RTE.ie – ?10 hours ago?
Israel’s intelligence minister has said a massive explosion near Damascus International Airport was consistent with Israel’s policy, but stopped short of confirming his country was behind it. Pro-Syrian government media and the Britain-based Syrian …
 

Israeli defense minister warns of Iranian presence in Golan Heights

Jerusalem Post Israel News – ?10 hours ago?
Liberman is in Moscow for International Security Conference along with Defense Ministers from 23 other countries including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran. Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum. (photo credit:SABAN FORUM). Defense Minister Avigdor …
 

Syria fingers Israel for bombing military facilities near Damascus airport

Hong Kong Standard (press release) – ?6 hours ago?
Syria’s state media is reporting that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport. SANA says Israel fired several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights south of the capital at a military installation …
 

Missile attack against Damascus Airport was conducted from Israeli-controlled areas

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) – ?6 hours ago?
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:02 P.M.) – Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian militants and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and …
 

Big blast rocks Damascus’ int’l airport

Shanghai Daily (subscription) – ?11 hours ago?
A BIG explosion rattled the surrounding area of the international airport of the capital Damascus early Thursday morning, eyewitnesses told Xinhua. Following the blast, whose cause is still unclear, fire broke out near the airport, and lit up the sky …
 

‘Israeli strike’ hits suspected Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus airport

The Independent – ?7 hours ago?
Israeli rockets have caused a massive explosion near Damascus airport, Syrian state media has reported. As many as five missiles hit a military site southwest of the city at dawn on Thursday which caused “some material losses,” a military source said.
 

‘Huge’ blast reported near Syrian airport

Radio New Zealand – ?10 hours ago?
A large explosion has rocked an area near Damascus International Airport, a monitoring group says. A photo taken from the rebel-held town of Douma shows flames rising in the distance, believed to be coming from Damascus International Airport following …
 

Israel hints it was responsible for Damascus airport explosion

ABC Online – ?11 hours ago?
Israel’s Intelligence Minister has all but confirmed the Israeli Air Force was behind suspected airstrikes near Damascus airport that are believed to have hit a weapons depot used by Iranian-backed militia loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 

Damascus airport rocked by ‘huge explosion’ as Syria conflict continues

Express.co.uk – ?10 hours ago?
A HUGE explosion has rocked Damascus airport in Syria, as the country remains embroiled in a raging civil war. By Rebecca Perring Rebecca Perring. PUBLISHED: 07:22, Thu, Apr 27, 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18, Thu, Apr 27, 2017. Play Video. Play. Mute.
 

Damascus airport: Syrian capital rocked by ‘huge explosion and fire’

Evening Standard – ?10 hours ago?
A huge explosion has rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus followed by a fire near the airport. The blast was heard across the city, jolting residents awake, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rami Abdel Rahman, UK head of the monitoring …
 

Israel joins WAR in Syria? WW3 fears as air raid blasts rock Russian ally’s capital

Daily Star – ?7 hours ago?
ISRAEL has explosively waded into the war in Syria with a devastating air raid, according to reports. By Michael Havis / Published 27th April 2017. Syria explosion, right, and Israel air force, left GETTY. EXPLOSIVE: The Israeli Air Force have been …
 

Minister hints Israel behind strike on Syria airport

Al-Bawaba – ?4 hours ago?
Flames rise into the night sky from a Damascus airport believed to have been hit by an Israeli airstrike, April 27 2017. (AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy). Follow >. Click here to add Army Radio as an alert. Click here to remove the Army Radio alert. Disable alert …
 

Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source

Reuters – ?12 hours ago?
AMMAN An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source …
 

Multiple Israeli air strikes on Iranian ammunition supply depot near Damascus International Airport

NEWS.com.au – ?11 hours ago?
MULTIPLE Israeli air strikes have struck in Syria’s capital. The airstrikes hit an ammunition depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus International Airport, a regional intelligence source told Reuters. Commercial and military cargo …
 

Kremlin rejects reports of St. Petersburg iconic cathedral transfer approved by president

TASS – ?4 hours ago?
MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. The reports that the transfer of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg to the Russian Orthodox Church was allegedly agreed by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia with the Russian president have nothing to do with reality, …
 

Massive explosion at Damascus airport blamed on Israeli air raid

International Business Times UK – ?12 hours ago?
A massive blast was reported at Damascus airport in the Syrian capital in the early hours of Thursday (27 April). Local reports suggest that the blast could be a result of an Israeli air strike, although the claim could not be independently verified …
 

Syria says Israel attacked Damascus airport

India.com – ?6 hours ago?
Damascus, April 27 (IANS) The Syrian Army on Thursday said an Israeli missile targeted its military position near the international airport here. By IANS Feeds | Published: April 27, 2017 4:41 PM IST Email. 0 Shares. Facebook share · Twitter share …
 

“Huge” explosion near Damascus Airport

SFGate – ?10 hours ago?
There has been what eyewitnesses describe as a “huge” explosion near Damascus International Airport in Syria. Explosions and fire have ripped through a military area of the complex, including fuel depots and weapons stores. the explosion around …
 

Syria confirms Israeli strike hit arms depot in Damascus

Radio Pakistan (press release) – ?8 hours ago?
Syrian government has said that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport today. State-run SANA news agency reports that Israel fired several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights south of the capital …
 

Blasts Near Damascus International Airport Blamed on Israeli Attack

Haaretz – ?12 hours ago?
Explosions hit in the area of Damascus International Airport in Syria early Thursday morning, with local reports accusing Israel of carrying out and attack. The blasts were followed by a fire in the same place, said the Syrian Observatory for Human …
 

Israel linked to series of blasts in Damascus

Yahoo News – ?7 hours ago?
A series of blasts have ripped through an arms supply hub close to Damascus International Airport in Syria. Syrian rebel and intelligence sources are claiming that Israeli air strikes were responsible. The Damascus hub is reportedly used by Hezbollah …
 

Syria: Damascus International Airport rocked by series of blasts

International Business Times, India Edition – ?13 hours ago?
Preliminary reports suggest that an Israeli air raid has targeted Damascus International Airport or its perimeters. Devyani Sultania. April 27, 2017 10:09 IST. Damascus Airport. Damascus International Airport. A huge explosion has been reported close …
 

Report: Israel attacked Iranian arms depot near Damascus airport

Ynetnews – ?12 hours ago?
IAF allegedly attacks early Thursday morning possibly game-changing weapons meant for Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militias fighting in Syria. At least five explosions reported. Roi Kais|Published: 27.04.17 , 08:13 …
 

Several blasts & fire reported near Damascus International Airport

RT – ?12 hours ago?
The “incident” in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport is in line with Israel’s policy to prevent Iran’s advanced weapons from reaching Syria, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said. Katz told Israeli Army Radio that “the incident in …
 

Damascus airport explosion caused by Israeli air strike: report

Deccan Chronicle – ?11 hours ago?
According to reports, explosions were also reported in the Al-Mazzeh area of Damascus, apparently at the Mazzeh Air Base. (Photo: AFP/Representational). Jerusalem: Explosions were heard near Damascus’s airport on Thursday morning, allegedly caused …
 

Explosion rocks Damascus, sparking fire near city’s airport, sources say

ABC Online – ?11 hours ago?
A large explosion has rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus and a fire has broken out near the city’s airport, according to opposition activists, pro-Government sources and a group monitoring the Syrian conflict.
 

Huge Blast Erupts in Damascus Airport Area, Reasons Unknown – Reports

Sputnik International – ?12 hours ago?
According to the Al Mayadeen television channel, an explosion occurred on Thursday morning in vicinity of Damascus International Airport, causing a fire. The reasons behind the incident are unknown. The airport is reported to be used for civilian and …
 

Israeli strikes hit arms depot near Damascus airport

The New Arab – ?9 hours ago?
Israeli airstrikes on Thursday targeted an arms supply hub operated by Hizballah near Damascus airport, where weapons from Tehran are regularly transferred by planes. Tags: Syria, Israel, Israeli airstrikes, Hizballah, weapons, Syrian regime, civil war,.
 

Huge explosion near Damascus International Airport

India.com – ?12 hours ago?
The blast is likely to bring alarms to Assad regime in the war-torn Syria which has been so far a pacified area in the past. By Ravi Kaushal | Updated: April 27, 2017 10:57 AM IST Email. 0 Shares. Facebook share · Twitter share · Share on Google+ …
 

Huge blast rocks area near Damascus airport: SOHR

The Statesman – ?10 hours ago?
A large explosion rocked the area near the international airport here in the Syrian capital on Thursday, said a war monitor. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), however, did not provide any further details of casualties, Efe news reported.
 

Intelligence Minister hints: Israel behind airstrike in Syria

Arutz Sheva – ?10 hours ago?
‘The incident is totally consistent with our policy of preventing the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah.’ Contact Editor. Tal Polon, 27/04/17 09:52. Share. Send To Friend. You need to fill your name, your email and your friend’s email. Send to Email …
 

Israeli warplanes strike Lebanese Hezbollah weapons cache near Damascus, reports

Rudaw – ?7 hours ago?
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — An arms supply base of a Lebanese Hezbollah group in Damascus was bombed by Israeli warplanes at dawn on Thursday, according to Syrian state-run SANA news agency. Citing a Syrian regime military source, SANA reported …
 

Huge blasts rocks Damascus airport, thought to be Israeli strikes

Petra News Agency – ?11 hours ago?
Amman, April 27 (Petra) –Several large explosions early Thursday have reportedly hit the vicinity of Damascus airport. According to Sputniknews, Israeli war planes launched five raids against a military squadron positioned at the airport. The Syrian …
 

Media: Israeli Air Force strike hits area near Damascus airport

TASS – ?12 hours ago?
BEIRUT, April 27. /TASS/. Israel’s Air Force struck a target near the Damascus international airport on Thursday, the Al-Alam TV channel reported. The strike was followed by a heavy fire in the outskirts of the airport. According to preliminary data …
 

The Latest: Explosion, Fire Reported Near Damascus Airport

U.S. News & World Report – ?13 hours ago?
Syrian opposition activists and a monitor say a large explosion has rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near Damascus airport. | April 27, 2017, at 12:07 a.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. The Latest: Explosion, Fire …
 

Large explosion near Damascus airport, ‘probably’ Israeli strike

The National – ?9 hours ago?
BEIRUT // A huge explosion hit near Damascus international airport on Thursday setting off large fires, with Syrian regime ally Hizbollah saying it was “probably” the result of an Israeli air strike. The Lebanese militant group’s Al Manar television …
 

Huge explosions near Damascus airport

Daily Times – ?12 hours ago?
BEIRUT: Explosions were heard near Damascus International Airport in the early hours of Thursday, a monitoring group said, no cause was specified. “The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian …
 

Syria: Several strikes target Damascus airport area

Scroll.in – ?13 hours ago?
Several strikes targeted an ammunition depot near Damascus International Airport in Syria on Thursday, Reuters reported quoting rebel sources. The airport is used by Iranian-backed forces to supply weapons to militia operating in collaboration with the …
 

Reports: Blast, fire near Syrian airport

WDSU New Orleans – ?10 hours ago?
The incident involved an explosion and a large fire near the Damascus international airport, the BBC said. The news outlet also reported that Al-Manar TV, run by Lebanon’s Shiite militant movement Hezbollah, said the explosion may have been caused by …
 

‘Huge’ blasts near Damascus airport blamed on Israeli strike

The Times of Israel – ?13 hours ago?
Illustrative photo of flames and smoke at the Mezzeh military airport on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus following an explosion early on January 13, 2017. (AFP). Newsroom. Email the Newsroom · Facebook · Twitter. Related Topics.
 

BREAKING: Reports that Israel air raid strikes Damascus International Airport

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) – ?15 hours ago?
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 A.M.) – Preliminary reports have emerged that an Israeli air raid has targeted Damascus International Airport or its perimeters. This cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News at this moment however. Photos have emerged …
 

Syrian state media says Israel carried out strike on Damascus airport

i24news – ?8 hours ago?
Syrian state media announced on Thursday morning that military officials had told them that the attack on a site close to an airport in Damascus was carried out by Israel. Earlier, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence Israel Katz seemed to hint that this …
 

Raw: Large Explosion Shakes Damascus, Syria

Salamanca Press – ?8 hours ago?
A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital early Thursday, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said. The explosion was heard across the capital, reportedly jolting residents awake. (April 27 …
 

The Latest: Israeli minister says strike in line with policy

WHIO – ?10 hours ago?
Israel’s intelligence minister says a large explosion near the Damascus airport is in line with Israeli policy but stopped short of taking responsibility for it. Yisrael Katz wouldn’t comment directly on the strike Thursday morning but said “it …
 

Huge explosion rocks Damascus airport

Panorama.am – ?11 hours ago?
A large explosion has hit an area near Damascus international airport, BBC reports citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based monitoring group.
 

Damascus International Airport hit by large explosion and fire: Syrian Observatory

Mid-Day – ?13 hours ago?
Beirut: – A large explosion hit in the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said. The cause of the blast was not clear, it added.
 

Cause for explosions in the vicinity of Damascus airport identified

Newsfirst – ?8 hours ago?
Syrian media has reported of several large explosions which occurred in the vicinity of Damascus airport, triggering a large fire. The explosion was later identified as an Israeli strike which hit an arms supply hub operated by a Lebanese group called …
 

Explosion heard near Damascus airport

Arutz Sheva – ?13 hours ago?
A large explosion was heard near the Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to Reuters. The explosion was reportedly followed by a fire. The cause of the blast was not clear, said …
 

Video released of the alleged Israeli airstrike on the Damascus International Airport

AMN Al-Masdar News (registration) – ?13 hours ago?
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:16 A.M.) – Preliminary reports emerged hours ago that an Israeli air raid targeted the Damascus International Airport or its perimeters earlier this morning. Al-Masdar News has obtained video footage showing the alleged Israeli …
 

Syrian Observatory: Large blast and fire at Damascus airport

Al-Arabiya – ?13 hours ago?
A large explosion hit in the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said. Reuters, Beirut Thursday, 27 April 2017. Text size A A A.
 

Suspected Israeli Strike Hits Fuel Tank, Warehouses near Damascus Airport

Al-Manar TV – ?11 hours ago?
A massive explosion at a fuel tank and warehouses near Damascus International Airport on Thursday, Al-Manar correspondent said on Thursday, noting it was likely caused by an Israeli airstrike. Our correspondent said the powerful blast caused material …
 

Report: Israel attacked Syrian airbase near Damascus airport

JerusalemOnline – ?11 hours ago?
Arab media outlets are reporting that several missiles hit a Syrian airbase near the international airport in Damascus. A Lebanese news agency affiliated with Hezbollah is claiming that Israel was responsible for the attack. Apr 27, 2017, 11:00AM Becca …
 

Explosions rock Damascus Airport

Arabian Aerospace – ?8 hours ago?
It has been reported that Israeli air strikes have hit an arms depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport. Al Jazeera has reported witnesses said a total of five strikes occurred near the Damascus airport road, about 25km from …
 

Air Strike Hits Hizbullah Supply Depots at Damascus Airport

The Media Line – ?8 hours ago?
Explosions that rocked the Damascus Airport in the early hours of Thursday are believed to have been an Israeli mission to destroy Hizbullah munitions. The Iranian-backed, Lebanon-based terrorist group regularly receives missiles and sophisticated …
 

Syria: “Israel attacked, caused extensive damage”

JerusalemOnline – ?8 hours ago?
Hours after the explosion near Damascus airport, an official in the Syrian army issued a statement denouncing “Israeli aggression.” “The attack was carried out using a number of missiles fired from the occupied lands,” the source said. Apr 27, 2017, 12 …
 

Syria: Massive blast near Damascus airport

Oneindia – ?13 hours ago?
Reports also suggest that a fire followed the blast in the area. The blast is said to have taken place after an ammunition depot used by Iranian-backed forces was hit in a strike. Popular Videos · BCCI face major set back in ICC meet, loses revenue and …
 

Syria: Massive explosion hit near the Damascus International Airport

News Nation – ?12 hours ago?
A monitoring group on Thursday said that a massive explosion hit near the Damascus International Airport in the early hours. The cause of explosion is not known. By PTI | Updated On : April 27, 2017 10:26 AM. Representative Image (PTI). Beirut :.
 

Damascus, Apr 27 (IBNS): Damascus airport was rocked by a massive explosion near the facility on early Thursday …

indiablooms – ?11 hours ago?
Damascus, Apr 27 (IBNS): Damascus airport was rocked by a massive explosion near the facility on early Thursday, reports said. India Blooms News Service. #Damascus, #Syria, #SyrianObservatoryForHumanRights, #Watchdog, #Explosion · Facebook …
 

We targeted Hezbollah, admits Israel

The Times (subscription) – ?18 hours ago?
Israel destroyed nearly 100 Syrian missiles last month, many of which were bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, a military spokesman claimed. In a rare disclosure from the army, a senior Israeli officer said that it was one of dozens of airstrikes …

Israel strikes Iran-supplied arms…

IDF officer warns Gaza fuel shortage could spark war | The Times of Israel

According to Palestinian sources, Abbas could soon cut off all funding for power in Gaza, in a move that would greatly exacerbate the crisis.

Fuel supply for the Strip’s two million inhabitants has been a long-running source of dispute. As of last week, Gazans had just four hours of electricity each day, followed by 12-hour blackouts, down from two eight-hour periods of electricity a day when the plant is operating normally and supplies are coming in from outside the enclave.

The Hamas-controlled energy authority is demanding that the Palestinian Authority pays the tax as it has done since 1994 but the PA, run by the rival Fatah party, is refusing.

IDF officer warns Gaza fuel shortage could spark war | The Times of Israel

As Syria war grinds on, no good options for Putin and friends – UPI.com

Third, Assad gets to stay and re­ceives international support and re-legitimization, with Russian help of course, providing he rejects Iran and Hezbollah.

The possibility of pursuing this option might very well be on the table if a new war erupts between Lebanon and Israel next summer, as many in the region expect.

If it does, it would be a doomsday war in which Israel would strive to eliminate Hezbollah once and for all, as it has failed to do since the early 1980s, even if that means de­stroying Lebanon and parts of Syria.

As Syria war grinds on, no good options for Putin and friends – UPI.com