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Posts Tagged ‘Gaza border’

Major Hamas Tunnel Engineer Captured, Indicted

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Israeli intelligence agents last month arrested high-ranking Hamas tunnels engineer Bilal Razaineh, a 24-year-old resident of Gaza who was captured as he crossed the border fence into Israel, the Shin Bet revealed Wednesday after an indictment was filed in Be’er Sheva District Court for the terrorist activities in which he was involved. The charges included membership and activity in a banned organization and weapons offenses.

In the framework of a combined ISA and Israel Police operation, considerable information about Hamas’s tunneling operations has been obtained while questioning Razaineh, who has been a member of the Izz a-Din al Qassam military wing of Hamas for the past 10 years.

Razaineh, who was arrested on November 27, is the brother of Mustafa Razaineh, the head of internal security for Hamas in northern Gaza.

According to the Israel Security Agency (ISA / Shin Bet), most of Bilal Razaineh’s activity in Hamas in recent years has been in the field of tunneling and in the company of his brother. He provided considerable information on the outlines of tunnels in northern Gaza to his interrogators, as well as on Hamas’s tunneling operations in general. In this context, it was learned that a tunnel was dug from his family home, which branched into many other tunnels and serves – inter alia – as a storage area for war materiel.

Bilal also provided information about various Hamas positions, about his role as a Hamas sniper and on other Hamas – and Islamic Jihad – terrorist activities.

It was also learned that during Operation Protective Edge, his brother and other senior Hamas operatives hid in the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Gaza and from there – and civilian residences as well – directed the fighting. During Operation Protective Edge, Bilal acted – inter alia – as a courier and passed messages between his brother and senior Hamas operatives.

“It should be noted that the information gained about Hamas’s use of civilian structures in order to advance terrorist operations is an additional example of the repeated violation of international law by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist organizations,” the Shin Bet said in its statement.

“The information obtained during the investigation of Bilal, and other Hamas terrorists who have been arrested recently, underscores the great efforts that Hamas invests in preparing for a military clash with Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Patrolling Gaza Border

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Israel is trying out its latest technology along the Gaza border as the IDF seeks new ways to protect its military forces as well as its civilian population from terror attacks.

The IDF has teamed with Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems to equip 350 “Border Protector Unmanned Ground Vehicles” (UGVs) with four driving cameras and a 360-degree observation camera as well as specialized remote driving technology.

But the IDF first introduced the Guardium Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), which patrols the Gaza fence around the clock, in December 2012. “The most important aspect of the Guardium is that it saves human lives — and money, too,” said Lt. Avidav, Head of the Guardium Division, in a post on the IDF Blog.

The Ford F-350 pickup trucks are unarmed, and are driven by operators using a steering wheel, joystick and pedals in a remote control room. The trucks became operational in February 2016, but still require operators to navigate around obstacles in the road.

However, the IDF is looking ahead to the day the vehicles will be completely autonomous, right down to dodging obstacles in the road, according to a report on the Fox News website.

There are plans to eventually add a weapon as well, although the machine gun will not be autonomous. The vehicles can also be driven in the traditional manner.

Hana Levi Julian

Busy Traffic at Gaza-Israel Border Crossings

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Erez Crossing into Gaza was busy Sunday, with six ambulances making their way into and out of the region with medical patients.

The IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories reports that 657 trucks packed with goods also entered the region on Sunday, via the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

Last Thursday, there were 1,100 crossings of foreigners, merchants and other people between Gaza and Israel, according to the IDF, and seven crossings by ambulances through the Erez crossing.

On the same day, 22,301 tons of goods in 738 trucks entered Gaza from Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldier Drowns in Reservoir

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

IDF soldier Ilan Yankelevich, z’l, 19, died Wednesday after drowning in a reservoir near Kibbutz Kissufim, not far from the border with Gaza.

According to a medic at the scene, several youths called for assistance after Yankelevich entered the water but didn’t come out after half an hour had passed.

Firefighters who arrived with extrication equipment were assisted by IDF soldiers and together they found and pulled the victim ashore. Although he showed no signs of life, medics repeatedly attempted to resuscitate him; but after several minutes passed without success they were “forced to pronounce his death,” medic Omer Bitton said.

The cause of the drowning is not known.

Hana Levi Julian

Gaza Arab Infiltrates Israel’s Southern Border

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A Gaza citizen infiltrated through Israel’s southern border Tuesday night, near Jewish communities in the Gaza Belt area.

He was spotted by Israeli military forces heading towards a location in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

The forces took him into custody and transferred the suspect to security personnel for questioning. His identity is not known, and his motives for leaving the Hamas-ruled region and entering Israel were not clear.

Less than two weeks ago an Arab man crossed into Israel through the border with Jordan and threw a rock at an Israeli woman driving along Route 90, south of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), causing the car to crash into a rail on the side of the road.

The Jordanian then tried to force the driver out of the car but failed when the woman fought back. He ultimately gave up and tried the same strategy with another vehicle that stopped to help, but failed again and then fled the scene. A third car arrived and called police.

A guard at Kibbutz Degania Bet later saw the man wandering around, but when he ignored a directive to stop, the guard shot and disabled him. He was later arrested by Israel Police. IDF officials subsequently identified the Jordanian as a “mentally ill individual.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Gaza Qassam Rocket Badly Damages Sderot Kindergarten

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

A Sderot kindergarten building was badly damaged and two Israelis were treated for shock late Friday night after Gaza terrorists launched a Qassam rocket attack at the southern Israeli city.

About 15 seconds after residents were awakened by the wail of the Red Alert rocket alert, the “boom!” that comes with a rocket impact was heard — and felt — in the Gaza Belt city.

Families in Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council district, and in Sapir College were forced to “wake up and run” for safe spaces late Friday night when the siren activated at 11 pm.

The rocket landed just a few seconds later.

Although religious observant families were wrapping up the Sabbath night meals and getting ready for bed at the time, many other secular Jews with young children were already fast asleep. Parents were forced to tear their children from beds to make a run for the bomb shelters — an exercise that has become second nature to many, and which triggers a flood of fear in too many more.

The kindergarten building that sustained a direct hit — badly damaged — was empty at the time, and no one was physically injured in the attack.

But medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service treated two people who were near the impact site, both for shock.

Police units were deployed to the scene.

At the time of this writing — prior to the start of the Sabbath in New York — officers were ordered to remain on site.

damaged kindergarten in Sderot

Hana Levi Julian

Turkey’s President Erdogan ‘Waiting for Israel’ to Respond on Gaza

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is waiting for Israel to grant permission for Turkey to construct energy and water transfer infrastructure in Gaza, according to a report published Saturday (May 21) in the Hurriyet Daily News, quoting an earlier broadcast.

“I expect that something will happen this month. It’s my wish that we’ll reach a conclusion in a short time,” Erdogan told a news broadcast by A Haber on May 19.

“In regards to [lifting] the embargo, they say, ‘We are open to allowing goods into Gaza through Turkey, but we are not open to those coming from places other than Turkey.’ But the problem is not only this. We have some other demands,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish leader said Ankara has demanded that Israel allow provision of continuous energy to Gaza, “as the enclave has only three to four hours of electricity per day,” Erdogan said.

He added that Turkey’s proposal to provide electricity to Gaza through a naval vessel was rejected by Israel.

“But they proposed something else: We told them that we are ready to construct all the infrastructure [of energy]. They viewed the proposal positively,” Erdogan said.

The second demand, he said, was that Turkey be allowed to provide water to Gaza either by desalinating the sea water or by drilling wells. “There are positive developments with regard to this issue as well,” he said.

Turkey’s third demand from Israel, said Erdogan, was regarding construction projects in Gaza.

“Our third offer is about building schools and hospitals. The construction of a hospital has been completed and necessary equipment is being provided. ‘These must be done,’ we told them. ‘If these would be done, then we’ll immediately appoint ambassadors and improve our relations in the right direction.’”

According to the report, Israeli and Turkish diplomats are expected to meet in the near future to finalize an agreement between the two countries.

But it’s impossible to know what the final outcome will be: Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is set to meet at a nationwide Congress on May 22 to choose a new prime minister.

Incumbent Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, hand-picked by Erdogan, resigned his position earlier this month.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/turkeys-president-erdogan-waiting-for-israel-to-respond-on-gaza/2016/05/21/

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