Israel deploys rocket defense amid threats

Israeli soldiers stand guard next to an Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in central Israel, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 14 November 2017
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Israel deploys rocket defense amid threats

JERUSALEM: Israel’s military said it deployed a rocket defense system to the center of the country amid threats by Gaza militants.
It said on Tuesday that an Iron Dome battery was deployed, without elaborating. The system defends against short-range rockets, and intercepted hundreds of projectiles fired by Palestinian militants during the 2014 Gaza war.
The move follows a warning by Israel’s prime minister and military to Gaza militants against attacks.
Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed militant group in Gaza, has vowed revenge for the demolition of one of its attack tunnels last month that crossed into Israel.
It was a rare flare-up along the tense border, which has remained mostly quiet since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war.
During the fighting, Gaza gunmen on several occasions infiltrated Israel through a tunnel network.
Probe into drone company
Israeli police have opened an investigation into an Israeli drone company regarding its dealings with a “significant client.”
Police did not elaborate in their statement about Yavne-based Aeronautics Ltd. on Tuesday and said a gag order had been imposed on the case.
Earlier this year, the Defense Ministry suspended some of Aeronautics Ltd.’s export licenses to one of its clients abroad. Israeli media identified the client as Azerbaijan.
Reports at the time said the move came following a complaint that one of the drones, armed with explosives, landed near a military post in neighboring Armenia during a demonstration. The “suicide” or Kamikaze drones carry explosives and are designed to dive into their targets.
Aeronautics Ltd. said it will fully cooperate with police and hope the investigation will be swift.


Yemeni army takes control of strategic mountains in Al-Malagim front

Updated 20 August 2018
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Yemeni army takes control of strategic mountains in Al-Malagim front

  • Yemeni troops advance into strategically important areas captured from Houthi militia
  • Houthis suffer heavy casualties, while many others are injured or taken prisoner

JEDDAH: The Yemeni National Army, supported by the Saudi-led coalition, took full control on Monday, of the most important mountains in the strategic Al-Bayad mountain range in Al-Malagim front east of Al-Bayda governorate, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Lieut. Col. Abdul Wahab Buhaibeh, assistant commander of Yemeni forces in Bihan, confirmed that the army has reestablished control over the most important mountains in the strategic Al-Bayad mountain range after clashing with the Houthi militia and causing them heavy losses.

In a press statement published by the Yemeni armed forces’ website, 26Sep.Net, Buhaibeh said: “The army has taken control of approximately 18 square kilometers of the Al-Malagim front as well as the strategic Dhahr Al-Bayad junction.”

He said the Houthi militia suffered heavy losses during the two-day clashes, including more than 26 deaths, dozens of injured militants, and a number of prisoners. The Yemeni army also seized the combat vehicles and machines used by the Houthi militia.

The Yemeni National Army forces launched last Saturday a large-scale military operation to fully liberate Al-Malagim district and, until today, managed to advance approximately 60 kilometers after controlling Al-Fadhatain mountains, Al-Qard, Al-Ashar district, Al-Kibar mountains, and large parts of the Al-Bayad mountain range.