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Israel PM slams world 'hypocrisy' on Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday lashed out at the international community for its "hypocrisy" in ignoring Israel's discovery of a shipload of weapons allegedly sent from Iran to Gaza. The world's apparent decision to downplay the discovery in favour of improved relations with Iran was "evidence of the era of hypocrisy in which we are living," Netanyahu said at a news conference in the southern port city of Eilat. jlr-hmw/jk

40 160-km-range rockets aboard 'Iran arms ship'

The Israeli military said on Sunday it had found 40 rockets with a range of 160 kilometres (100 miles) aboard a ship allegedly transporting arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip. The army said it seized the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C on Wednesday and escorted it to the Red Sea port of Eilat where it was inspected on Sunday and unloaded in an operation dubbed "Full Disclosure". A statement said security forces searching the Klos-C had found "40 rockets (type M-302), up to the range of 160 kilometres, 181 122mm mortar shells, approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds".

'Iran weapons ship' arrives in Israel

A ship allegedly carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted by the Israeli navy arrived Saturday in the Red Sea port of Eilat, an AFP photographer said. Israeli naval commandos seized the vessel on Wednesday in the Red Sea between Eritrea and Sudan, with the military saying it was carrying an Iranian shipment of M-302 rockets destined for the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The Panamanian-flagged Klos-C was escorted into Eilat port by two Israeli warships. jg-jlr/hkb/srm

Israel intercepts rocket aimed at Eilat Red Sea resort

Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket fired at Eilat Friday and destroyed it, police said, the second time the Red Sea resort has been targeted this month. The rocket was destroyed by an Iron Dome battery deployed outside Eilat and there were no injuries or damage in the foiled attack, a police spokeswoman said. On January 20, a rocket struck the outskirts of Eilat and the following day an Egypt-based jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least one rocket hits outskirts of Israel's Eilat

At least one rocket struck the outskirts of Israel's southern Red Sea resort of Eilat on Monday, a security source told AFP. "At least one rocket was fired at Eilat and they found the remains on the outskirts of the city," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity, adding the searches were continuing. Neither the police nor the army could confirm rocket fire on the city, although residents had reported hearing several explosions earlier in the evening, a police statement said.

Israel's Eilat airport reopens after brief shutdown

The airport in Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat resumed flights on Thursday after a brief shutdown over unspecified security concerns, the military said. "The airport is open after a new situation report," a spokeswoman told AFP, without further explanation. The military earlier ordered the cancellation of all flights in and out of Eilat for about two hours following a security assessment, but gave no details of the possible threat. Only domestic flights had been scheduled to land or take off from the southern town.

Israel shuts airport at Egypt border, citing security

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel took the rare step of shutting its southernmost Eilat airport near Egypt's Sinai peninsula for two hours on Thursday citing security concerns, military officials said. A military spokeswoman said the airfield in the Red Sea city was shut "due to security assessments". Two hours later a military official and Israel Radio said it had been reopened. The reports said Israel's military chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz had made the decision after an assessment, but gave no further details.

Israel's Eilat airport reopens after brief shutdown

The airport in Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat resumed flights on Thursday after a brief shutdown on Thursday over unspecified security concerns, the military said. "The airport is open after a new situation report," a spokeswoman told AFP, without further explanation. scw/al

Israel's Eilat airport closed on security grounds

The Israeli military on Thursday ordered the cancellation of all flights in and out of the Red Sea resort of Eilat following a security assessment, a spokeswoman said. "It was decided to close the airport after a situation report," she told AFP, without elaborating, and said that the airport would remain closed until further notice. Israeli media said that eight domestic flights had been due to land or leave the tourist town during the evening.

Israel shuts Eilat airport near Egypt border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has shut its Eilat airport near Egypt's Sinai peninsula until further notice following an order from the military, Israel Radio said on Thursday. The Israeli Aviation Authority confirmed the air field had been closed for landings, in a step coinciding with heightened security concerns about Islamist militant activity in the Sinai.
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