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First Time: Iran, China Begin Joint Naval Drills

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

For the first time ever, Iran and China have begun joint naval drills in the Persian Gulf.

“Discussing and studying the two countries’ naval relief and rescue operations and drills, confronting sea incidents and accidents, and gaining the necessary technical preparedness, are among the actions to be practiced with the Chinese army forces,” Admiral Amir Hossein Azad, commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone said Saturday, according to the FARS news agency.

“The voyage of the Chinese army’s fleet of warships for the first time in the Persian Gulf waters is aimed at joint preparation of Iran and China for establishing peace, stability, tranquility and multilateral and mutual cooperation,” Azad said.

Last year Iranian ships traveled to the Sea of China “to deliver Iran’s message of peace and friendship to the Chinese,” FARS reported.

A few days ago the Iranian Navy stopped pirates from attacking a Chinese vessel in the Gulf of Aden, the news agency reported. The container ship was allegedly en route from Singapore to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) at the time of the attack.

The Iranian Navy has deployed ships in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, since November 2008 “to protect the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.” In 2008, an Iranian chartered cargo ship was attacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen.

Beijing buys oil from Iran and advocates on behalf of Tehran at the United Nations Security Council, as well as during nuclear talks with the P5+1 (five permanent members of the Council plus Germany). China is one of Iran’s most reliable trading partners, according to The Diplomat, allowing Tehran to maintain its currency and evade damage from sanctions.

This year Beijing even increased its import of Iranian oil by 48 percent in the first half of 2014. But the United States is partly to blame: the State Department issued an exemption from sanctions to China, in exchange for reduced purchases of Iranian crude oil. The waivers, renewed in mid-2014, appear to have encouraged the Chinese to increase their import of Iranian ultralight oil, rather than decrease their purchases. The two countries also trade other items, including arms.

In the Navy

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

PM Netanyahu pins the bars on a a new IDF Navy officer on Sept. 2, 2014.

Congratulations.

DM Moshe Ya’alon: The Rocket Fire From Gaza May Restart

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The latest temporary cease-fire with Gaza is set to expire on Wednesday at midnight.

Visiting an IDF naval base in Ashdod on Tuesday, Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon told the soldiers that Operation Protective Edge hasn’t ended yet, and we’ll need patience and perseverance.

He told the soldiers they need to be vigilant, and he doesn’t know if an agreement will be reached by tomorrow night, if the cease-fire will be extended, or if shooting will begin again.

Moshe Yaalon on Navy Base 2

IDF Navy Special Forces Raid Gaza Rocket Facility [video]

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

IDF Naval Special Forces raided a facility in Gaza overnight.

Long-range rockets were being shot at Israel from the facility.

During the raid, Hamas terrorist opened fire on the IDF commandos. There are reports that at least 3 Hamas terrorists were killed in the shootout that ensued.

The IDF spokesperson reports that in the raid, 4 IDF commandos were lightly injured in the gun battle, and were evacuated to a hospital.

The spokesperson also reports that the long-range rocket facility was hit and damaged in the attack.

Presumably, the IDF sent in Special Forces, instead of bombing the rocket launch site from the air, is that it likely Hamas embedded the rocket launchers into a facility held a lot of civilians, and Israel is trying to do everything it can to minimize Gazan civilian casualties, while Hamas is trying to maximize Gazan civilian casualties, using them as Human Shields.

We wish our injured soldiers a Refuah Shleimah, a complete recovery.

The Arab media is reporting that this is the video of the attack:
(Not all browser can open the embedded Facebook video)

CANCELLED: Suspected Infiltration Near Eilat by Sea

Friday, July 11th, 2014

CANCELLED: Israeli police announce search is over, there was no infiltration into or near Eilat.


Original story:

Police are checking if there was an infiltration into Israel near Eilat via boat.

On Thursday evening, an IDF Naval patrol near the Princess hotel saw an attempt by a boat to approach the beach where apparently it should not have been. The navy ship fired warning shots, and launched flares, according to a report in Haaretz.

Security forces are searching, on land, for 4 suspects they believe may have gotten off the boat to shore, according to Ynet.

The area is right near Road 90.

Guests at the southern Eilat hotels are being told to stay inside the hotel.

First Person Shooter View of Kibbutz Zikim Infiltration [video]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Here is a first person shooter view of the gun battle between the Israeli Navy and the Hamas frogmen on the beach at Zikim on June 8.

5 terrorists tried to infiltrate. Here’s a video of one of them being eliminated by an IDF Navy gunner.

Turn the sound all the way up.

Hamas frogmen killed trying to infiltrate Kibbutz Zikim by way of the sea.

Hamas frogmen killed trying to infiltrate Kibbutz Zikim by way of the sea.

Israel Hits Back Hard: 160 Overnight Gaza Attacks

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces were busy overnight Tuesday, having launched more than 160 attacks during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Israeli air force, navy forces and intelligence personnel combined efforts to attack terrorist targets throughout the region from sundown to dawn.

At least 120 hidden rocket launchers and 10 homes of senior Hamas commanders were destroyed, IDF sources said. Included were the homes of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing regional squads in Khan Yunis and Rafiah.

In addition, the Hamas ‘Interior Security Ministry’ and a “navy’ outpost as well as various smuggling tunnels near Rafiah.

Local sources said that 24 residents were killed but it is not clear how many were terrorists; many are “protected” by the human shields with whom they insist on hiding as they launch their attacks, even using their own children.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge Monday night, the IDF has launched some 435 attacks on the region.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system thus far has intercepted more than 45 long-range missiles fired at Israel from Gaza, at a cost of some $50,000 for each interceptor that is launched to neutralize the terrorist missile fired at an Israeli civilian population.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-hits-back-hard-160-overnight-gaza-attacks/2014/07/09/

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