Israel intercepts incoming rocket fire from Syria

A battery of Israel’s Iron Dome defense system deployed at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on November 12, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 19 November 2019

Israel intercepts incoming rocket fire from Syria

  • Missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday
  • ‘No hits on Israeli communities were identified’

JERUSALEM: Israel’s anti-missile defense system intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria on Tuesday, the army said.

“No hits on Israeli communities were identified,” the army added in a WhatsApp message.

Meanwhile, blasts were heard close to Damascus airport in the Syrian capital, the official SANA news agency reported on Tuesday morning.

Around 450 rockets were fired into Israel last week from the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of a military operation against an Islamic Jihad commander, according to the Israeli army, but no rockets were reported to have been fired from Syria.

Baha Abu Al-Ata, who Israel blamed for recent rocket fire into its territory, was killed in a strike on his home in Gaza City.

A cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic Jihad was agreed after 50 hours of clashes, but the deal remains precarious.

On the same day as strikes killed Ata, Syrian state media reported that an Israeli strike hit the home of another Islamic Jihad militant, killing his son and another person.

Islamic Jihad accused Israel of being behind the strike in Damascus. The Israeli army refused to comment.

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Polls open in Algeria vote bitterly opposed by protesters

Updated 36 min 19 sec ago

Polls open in Algeria vote bitterly opposed by protesters

  • All 61,000 polling stations around the North African country opened as planned
  • No opinion polls have been published but observers expect an extremely low turnout nationwide

ALGIERS: Polls opened in Algeria on Thursday in a presidential election bitterly opposed by a protest movement that sees it as a regime ploy to cling on to power.
All 61,000 polling stations around the North African country opened as planned at 8 am (0700 GMT), the official APS news agency said.
No opinion polls have been published but observers expect an extremely low turnout nationwide after months of demonstrations opposing the vote.
Five candidates are in the running, all of them widely rejected as “children of the regime” of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whom people power ousted in April after two decades in office.