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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 hails seizure on high seas of 'Iran arms ship'

Israelis hailed Thursday the capture of an alleged Gaza-bound arms ship as a major coup in the fight to unmask Iran but thought it unlikely to scupper ongoing nuclear talks. The vessel was seized by Israeli naval commandos early Wednesday, with the military saying its cargo included an Iranian shipment of advanced missiles that were en route to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The pre-dawn raid, which targeted a Panamanian-flagged ship in the Red Sea between Eritrea and Sudan, dominated the front pages of Israel's main newspapers on Thursday.

Seized 'Iran weapons ship' to be brought to Israel 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.

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.

Syria helicopters carry out raids on Lebanon border

Syrian helicopter gunships launched multiple raids on areas inside Lebanon Wednesday near the border town of Arsal, in what a local official described as "the most violent attack the area has suffered." Five people were lightly wounded in the morning and afternoon raids, the official said. Meanwhile, rockets fired from Syria hit an uninhabited area near Nabi Sheet in eastern Lebanon, an area dominated by Hezbollah, the powerful Shiite movement allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a security source 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.

Israel says shot 2 Hezbollah fighters on Syrian Golan

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot two Hezbollah fighters who tried to plant a bomb near the fence between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syrian-held territory on Wednesday, the army said. An army spokeswoman said Israeli intelligence had identified the men as members of Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia which is helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight a civil war. She had no immediate word on their condition.

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
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