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Hezbollah TV says 3 staffers killed in Syria's Maalula

Lebanon's Hezbollah television channel Al-Manar announced that three staffers were killed while covering the Syrian army's takeover Monday of the Christian town of Maalula. "Al-Manar expresses its condolences for our three martyred colleagues -- correspondent Hamza al-Hajj Hassan and technician Halim Allaw, as well as cameraman Mohammad Mantash, killed by bullets from armed groups in Maalula," a presenter said. ser/al

Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria regime over

Syria's regime is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said in remarks published Monday. Hassan Nasrallah's comments to the Al-Safir daily come as his Shiite movement is increasingly involved in the conflict in neighbouring Syria, where they are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Nasrallah denied Hezbollah's role in Syria was unpopular in Lebanon, and said the group's recent battle in Syria's Qalamun had lessened the risks of bomb blasts back home.

Nasrallah says Hezbollah targeted Israel patrol

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview published on Monday that his Lebanese Shiite group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops on the border between the two countries last month. "Yes, the explosion in the Shebaa Farms that Hezbollah has not claimed until now was the work of the resistance, which means the work of Hezbollah," Nasrallah told the Al-Safir daily. The blast, on March 14, came after Israeli warplanes carried out air strikes inside Lebanon that were believed to have targeted its positions near Lebanon's border with Syria.

Hezbollah chief says danger to Syria regime over

Syria's regime is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon's Hezbollah said in remarks published Monday. Hassan Nasrallah's comments to the Al-Safir daily come as his Shiite movement is increasingly involved in the conflict in neighbouring Syria, where they are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces. "In my opinion, the phase of bringing down the regime or bringing down the state is over," he told the newspaper in an interview.

Israel air strike kills 3 in Gaza

An Israeli air strike killed three Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the territory's Hamas-run health ministry said. "Three martyrs have died in a Zionist (Israeli) strike," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. The three were members of Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, a statement from the group said. It said they had been killed after firing mortars in a bid to try and prevent "an Israeli incursion east of Khan Yunis." A witness confirmed Israeli tanks and bulldozers had tried to enter the area.

Bulgaria says 2012 Israeli bus bomber was Lebanese

Bulgaria has identified a Lebanese man as the bomber who blew up an airport bus in 2012, killing five Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian driver and himself, local media said Sunday. Israel and Bulgaria have already accused the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah of being behind the attack at Burgas airport on the Black Sea, the deadliest on Israelis abroad since 2004.

Israel intercepts 'Iranian weapons shipment' to Gaza

Israel said it intercepted a ship Wednesday carrying an Iranian shipment of advanced rockets bound for Palestinian militants, claiming it proved Tehran could not be trusted in international nuclear talks. The announcement came hours after Israel said it struck two Hezbollah fighters as they tried to plant a bomb near the Syrian-Israeli frontier and just over a week after Israel reportedly bombed the Iran-backed group inside Lebanon for the first time since 2006.

Israel intercepts 'Iranian weapons shipment' to Gaza

Israel said it intercepted a ship Wednesday carrying an Iranian shipment of advanced rockets bound for Palestinian militants, claiming it proved Tehran could not be trusted in international nuclear talks. The announcement came hours after Israel said it struck two Hezbollah fighters as they tried to plant a bomb near the Syrian-Israeli frontier and just over a week after Israel reportedly bombed the Iran-backed group inside Lebanon for the first time since 2006.

Israel intercepts 'Iranian weapons shipment' to Gaza

Israel said it intercepted a ship Wednesday carrying an Iranian shipment of advanced rockets bound for Palestinian militants, claiming it proved Tehran could not be trusted in international nuclear talks. The announcement came hours after Israel said it struck two Hezbollah fighters as they tried to plant a bomb near the Syrian-Israeli frontier and just over a week after Israel reportedly bombed the Iran-backed group inside Lebanon for the first time since 2006.

Israel PM: Peace deal would provoke Hamas, Hezbollah

Any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians would draw attacks from radical groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, meaning the Jewish state must keep security in its own hands, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday. If Israel signed a peace agreement it would "most certainly come under attack by Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda and others," the prime minister told delegates at the annual convention of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby in Washington. hmw/dc
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