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Posts Tagged ‘IAF’

U.S. Air Force and IAF in Join Exercise

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The Air Forces of the United States and Israel began the bi-annual Blue Flag joint exercise Sunday at the Ovdat Air Force Base in northwest of Eilat.

The joint drill reflects the ongoing American-Israeli cooperation, regardless of the exaggerated “bitter relationship” between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

The exercise, which includes other allies, creates a multi-national learning environment, including fictional countries, in which participants can practice planning and execution of large air force operations.

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Air Force Surveillance Flights Soar during Wave of terror

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force has carried out approximately eight times more intelligence and surveillance flights than it usually does since the recent wave of Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab terror.

“We usually fly 2 or three times a week, but last week, there were four or five every day,” said deputy IAF commander told the Air Force’s website.

The intelligence flights, including those of unmanned aircraft (UAVs), relay information to command centers and also to ground troops.

“We are ready at any moment and on every front, more than usual,” the commander added.

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IAF Bombs Gaza Terror Sites in Retaliation for Rocket Attacks

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Israeli fighter pilots bombed three terror targets in Gaza early Saturday in retaliation for rocket attacks fired at southern Israel just after the start of the Sabbath on Friday.

Among the targets struck by the IAF in northern Gaza was a Hamas telecommunications site.

The Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sheikh Omar Hadid Brigades terror organization announced it was responsible for Friday night’s rocket attacks.

The group is named after Sheikh Omar Hadid, who aided Abu Musab al-Zarqawi found and operate the Iraqi branch of the international Al Qaeda terror organization ten years ago.

Nevertheless, Israel holds Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization responsible for any violence or terror attacks that emanate from its territory.

A rocket exploded in the city of Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza border at approximately 8:30 pm Friday evening.

People were sent fleeing to bomb shelters by the wail of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren at around the same time they reported hearing the rocket explode in a residential area of the city.

The family whose home was hit by the rocket was home – and inside their home – at the time of the attack, according to local sources, but reportedly were not physically hurt. A number of people at the scene suffered from severe trauma, however.

Both the home and a bus that was parked nearby were damaged in the attack.

A similar Code Red incoming rocket alert was triggered across the coastal city of Ashkelon three hours later, sending nearly 120,000 residents racing for cover, their Sabbath dessert abandoned on the tables.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system launched an interceptor missile that successfully neutralized the missile that was fired from Gaza directly at the busy city.

No one was reported injured and no damage was caused in the second attack.

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Strikes Hamas in Gaza After Gunfire on Netiv Ha’Asara

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Israeli fighter pilots bombed a Hamas military post in northern Gaza at dawn on Thursday.

The attack came in retaliation for gunfire that hit the southern Israeli community of Netiv HaAsara early Wednesday evening.

Two houses in the community were damaged in the attack, with windows broken and items damaged inside the homes.

The gunfire was traced to the Hamas military post targeted by the Israeli aircraft, according to a statement issued by the IDF.

No physical injuries were reported in either attack.

According to a report by the Palestinian Authority-based WAFA news agency, damage was reported at the Gaza target, located north of Beit Lahiya.

Hana Levi Julian

Lebanon Claims IAF Bombed Fallen Israeli Drone in Beka’a

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Lebanon is blaming Israel for what it claimed was an air strike early Sunday on a crashed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) in the western Beka’a Valley.

According to a report broadcast on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel, an Israeli reconnaissance drone allegedly crashed overnight in a remote area of the valley.  Lebanese security source told Al-Manar the IAF targeted in the drone in an air strike early Sunday in order to ensure it would be destroyed, but gave no further details.

The official Lebanese news agency reported that an explosion was heard in the area and that witnesses reported air strikes as well. Lebanese military personnel traveled to the site of the crash to inspect the remains, according to the report, but no further details were provided. A “proper investigation” is yet to be carried out, the sources said. No information was provided on whether or not there were any casualties.

Lebanese security sources told the Reuters news agency that a blast near the town of Saghbein “is still not 100 percent clear” but added that “most probably it was an Israeli strike to destroy their drone.”

Earlier in the day, Aljazeera had also reported the IAF had attacked the area but like others added few details.

Despite all of the above, however, a report published Sunday in the Lebanese Daily Star indicates the truth may be different. Photos of the reported drone published on media websites “show Cyrillic script on a piece of the wreckage, indicating that the drone may have been manufactured either in Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe,” the website reported.

Local sources claimed Israel was flying drones over southern Lebanon and Mount Hermon throughout the day on Sunday, but the reports were unconfirmed.

Residents of the area said they spotted an Israeli plane hovering over the southern region near Adloun just moments before the explosion, and eyewitnesses in the area told the Daily Star they saw planes coming from the direction of Mount Hermon. No casualties were reported.

Israeli military sources have declined to comment.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Returns Fire, Hits Gaza Targets

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

The IDF retaliated early Sunday morning in response to the rocket launched at Ashkelon on Saturday night. IAF fighter planes bombed terrorist infrastructures in Gaza.

The attack happened around 3:30 AM, according to sources in Gaza. A Hamas training base was hit in northern Gaza near Beit Lahia with two missiles. No terrorists were injured in the attack.

All IAF planes returned home safely.

In addition, Defense Minister shut down the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings, except for humanitarian purposes.

While a Salafist/ISIS terrorist group, the “Omar Brigades” took credit for the attack, Israel holds Hamas terrorist organization ultimately responsible for everything that happens in Gaza, which is what the ISIS group hoped for.

There are reports that Hamas sent a message to Israel to hold off on the retaliatory strike so they [Hamas] could deal with their terrorist opposition group.

Hamas is not prepared for another round of war with Israel, just yet.

ISIS-Gaza's "Omar Brigade" released a letter taking credit for the rocket attack, demanding their fellow terrorists be released from Hamas and Israeli prisons.

ISIS-Gaza’s “Omar Brigade” released a letter taking credit for the rocket attack, demanding their fellow terrorists be released from Hamas and Israeli prisons.

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IAF Airlift to Arrive Overnight with Rescued Israelis from Nepal

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

The first contingent of Israelis are to arrive home Monday after being rescued from the heights of the Himalayas in Nepal after a deadly earthquake tore apart the region.

The Israeli Air Force plane is also carrying three newbies, premature babies born amidst the temblors. It’s expected to arrive at 1:00 a.m. Monday.

The IDF general staff said Sunday that its rescue mission to Nepal was delayed by 12 hours due to the condition of the landing strip at Kathmandu.

Although the mission was originally set to depart from Israel at 10:00 pm local time, it was not clear whether the IAF would stick to the schedule> The IDF also said a great deal of discussion was taking place over which type of planes could be used given current conditions on the ground.

The Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu was also slightly damaged due to the earthquakes. The first, a 7.9-magnitude quake, did the most damage to the area. But that was followed within just a few hours by an aftershock that was nearly as devastating, registering at 6.7-magnitude on the Richter scale.

Both caused damage – and fatalities – as far away as India and China. In Nepal, the death toll thus far has risen to nearly 2,500 and almost twice as many injured.

More than four hundred Israelis were known to be traveling near Kathmandu at the time of the quakes. Most have been tracked down or checked in on their own, but 150 Israelis are still out of touch with their families and authorities.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is coordinating its efforts with the Kathmandu Chabad House, where volunteers have transformed the building into a local crisis management and refugee center for the time being.

Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz and his wife Chani are urging Israelis throughout Nepal via their Facebook pages and other social media not to sleep indoors tonight (Sunday, April 26, 2015), saying the area is still unstable, and that doing so would be “unsafe.”

Hana Levi Julian

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