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Iran 'weapons ship' to reach Israeli shores Saturday

A ship Israel said was carrying advanced rockets bound for Gaza from Iran will be brought into port Saturday after being intercepted by Israeli naval forces, the military said. "This ship, which was transporting dozens of M302-type rockets with a range of 150 to 200 kilometres (more than 100 miles) is currently north of Port Sudan and will arrive in Eilat Saturday evening," General Motti Almoz told military radio Thursday. "Once it arrives we will check that other arms and munitions aren't aboard," he said.

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.

US says it worked with Israel to track seized Iranian rockets

The United States said Wednesday its intelligence services and military worked with Israel to track a ship carrying an intercepted shipment of advanced Iranian rockets for Palestinian militants. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington started to work with Israel through intelligence and military channels and at the national security advisor level as soon as it knew the shipment was on the move.

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 claims to hit two Hezbollah fighters on Syria border

Israel said Wednesday it fired at and hit two members of Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian border. "Earlier today, two Hezbollah-affiliated terrorists were identified attempting to plant an explosive device near the Israel-Syria border in the northern Golan Heights. IDF (Israeli army) forces... fired towards the suspects (and) hits were identified," the army said in a statement. dms-jad/jk

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

Hamas says Egypt ban serves Israeli occupation

Hamas on Tuesday slammed an Egyptian court's decision to ban the activities of the Palestinian Islamist movement governing Gaza, saying it "serves" the group's arch-enemy Israel. "Any decision such as this is an attempt to besiege the resistance, and serves the Israeli occupation," Bassem Naim, a senior official in Hamas, told AFP. az-jad/jk

Hamas condemns Egypt court ruling banning the group: spokesman

GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas condemned the decision of an Egyptian court on Tuesday to ban its activities there, saying it targeted the Palestinian cause, an official told Reuters. "The decision harms the image of Egypt and its role towards the Palestinian cause. It reflects a form of standing against Palestinian resistance," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for the Gaza-based militant organization. (Reporting By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Michael Georgy)

Hezbollah vows response to 'Israeli air strike'

Hezbollah on Wednesday threatened to retaliate after Israel's first reported air raid targeting a position of the Lebanese Shiite movement since a 2006 war. The statement comes two days after Israeli warplanes struck a Hezbollah position in eastern Lebanon, amid fears that the region may be dragged into further conflict. "On Monday night... the Israeli enemy's warplanes bombarded a Hezbollah position on the Lebanese-Syrian border, near the area of Janta in the Bekaa Valley" of eastern Lebanon, Hezbollah said.
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