Revolutionary Guards clash with Daesh in western Iran

Iran's Revolutionary Guards can be seen in this file photo. The Guards clashed with Daesh militants in the western part of the country on Saturday.(AP)
Updated 27 January 2018
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Revolutionary Guards clash with Daesh in western Iran

BEIRUT: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards clashed with Daesh militants in the western part of the country on Saturday, according to Sepah News, the official news site of the Guards.
A team of 21 Daesh fighters crossed Iran’s western border and were placed under surveillance before the Guards, the most powerful military force in the Islamic Republic, attacked them on Saturday morning, Sepah News reported.
Most of the militants have been arrested, the report said, but there was no mention of the number of people killed or wounded in the clash.
Last June, Daesh attacked the Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least 18 and wounding dozens.
The attackers were all Iranian Kurds from the Kurdish region of western Iran near the Iraqi border.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fired several missiles at Daesh bases in Syria on June 18 in response to that attack.


Israeli air strike kills Hamas man in Gaza

Updated 19 July 2018
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Israeli air strike kills Hamas man in Gaza

GAZA: An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip killed a member of the militant Hamas group on Thursday and wounded three others, Hamas sources and medical officials said.
The Israeli military confirmed it had carried out an air strike targeting Hamas militants who were about to launch balloons rigged with flammable material over the border into Israel.
Hamas sources said the casualties were security men working at an observation post near Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Fires caused by incendiary helium balloons and kites launched by Palestinians in Gaza have ravaged tracts of farmland in Israel in recent months. Israel has vowed to stop the attacks, even at the risk of wider conflict.
Weekly clashes at the Israel-Gaza border have kept tensions at a high for months. More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during protests at the frontier held every week since March.
Israel says Hamas has been orchestrating the demonstrations, dubbed The Great March of Return, to provide cover for militants' cross-border attacks. Hamas denies this.
Cross-border violence surged on Saturday when Palestinian militants fired more than 100 rockets into Israel and the Israeli military carried out dozens of air strikes in the Hamas-ruled enclave.