Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after troops attacked

Paramedics carry away a Palestinian youth who was injured during clashes near the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 20, 2018. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
Updated 25 July 2018

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after troops attacked

  • The Israeli military says it has shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip
  • The cross-border exchange took place a few days after Gaza’s Hamas rulers agreed to a cease-fire with Israel

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military says it has shelled militant targets in the Gaza Strip after its troops on the border came under fire.
The army said in a statement Wednesday it was “targeting Hamas military posts in the Gaza Strip” after soldiers were shot at.
A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry said three Palestinians were killed and one was seriously wounded in the strikes.
The cross-border exchange took place a few days after Gaza’s Hamas rulers agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to prevent weekend hostilities from escalating.
On Friday, a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border — the first casualty it has sustained in four years — and Israel unleashed a massive offensive in response. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the past decade.


Lebanon sets out its claim in maritime border talks

Updated 29 October 2020

Lebanon sets out its claim in maritime border talks

  • A military source told Arab News: “The Lebanese side considers that Israel, through the border line it drew for itself, is eating into huge areas of Lebanese economic waters.”

BEIRUT: Lebanese negotiators laid out their claim to maritime territory on Wednesday as they began a second round of talks with Israel over their disputed sea border.
The contested zone in the Mediterranean is an estimated 860 square kilometers known as Block 9, which is rich in oil and gas. Future negotiations will also tackle the countries’ land border.
Wednesday’s meeting took place at the headquarters of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) amid tight security. An assistant of the UN special coordinator for Lebanon chaired the session, and the US Ambassador to Algeria, John Desrocher, was the mediator.
A military source told Arab News: “The Lebanese side considers that Israel, through the border line it drew for itself, is eating into huge areas of Lebanese economic waters.”
The Lebanese delegation produced maps and documents to support their claim to the disputed waters.
In indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel in 2012, US diplomat Frederick Hoff proposed “a middle line for the maritime borders, whereby Lebanon would get 58 percent of the disputed area and Israel would be given the remaining 42 percent, which translates to 500 square kilometers for Lebanon and 300 square kilometers for Israel.”
On the eve of Wednesday’s meeting, Lebanese and Israeli officials met to discuss a framework to resolve the conflict through the implementation of UN Resolution 1701.
UNIFIL Commander Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col praised the “constructive role that both parties played in calming tensions along the Blue Line” and stressed the necessity of “taking proactive measures and making a change in the prevailing dynamics regarding tension and escalation.”