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Israel reinforces troops, steps up humanitarian aid to Syria

Israel reinforces troops, steps up humanitarian aid to SyriaJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Sunday it would be reinforcing troops along the frontier with Syria and stepping up its humanitarian efforts in the area amid a fierce Syrian government offensive that has displaced thousands of people.



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Syrians fleeing war will not be allowed in Israel: Netanyahu

Syrians fleeing war will not be allowed in Israel: NetanyahuCivilians fleeing Syria’s war will not be allowed to enter Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday adding however that his government will continue providing them with humanitarian aid. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled a government offensive in the country’s south that started on June 19 and some have set up makeshift camps near the Israeli-held Golan Heights. “Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.



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Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense minister

Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense ministerBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday. More than 120,000 people in southwestern Syria have been forced to flee since the Syrian government launched an offensive to recover an area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from rebels, a monitoring group said. The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days, and that it had overnight sent aid supplies at four locations “to Syrians fleeing hostilities”.



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Gaza teen dies after being hit on Israel border: ministry

Gaza teen dies after being hit on Israel border: ministryA Palestinian teenager died on Thursday after being hit by Israeli tank fire on the Gaza border, the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry said. Abdel Fattah Abu Azoum, 17, was hit in the head earlier on Thursday near Rafah in southern Gaza, the ministry said. The Israeli army said he and a companion were seeking to breach the border.



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Israel says Gaza militants fire more than a dozen rockets

Israel says Gaza militants fire more than a dozen rocketsJERUSALEM (AP) — More than 12 rockets were launched from Gaza toward southern Israeli communities early Wednesday, the Israeli military said.



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Israel may reconsider UNESCO exit: ambassador

Israel may reconsider UNESCO exit: ambassadorIsrael’s ambassador to UNESCO said Tuesday he was urging his government to reconsider its decision to quit the UN cultural body, saying it had halted its “anti-Israeli resolutions” over the past year. Israel and the United States both announced on October 12 that they would leave the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization over resolutions critical of the Jewish state. “What I’m going to recommend to my ministry and my government is at least to reconsider our decision,” Shama-Hacohen told journalists by telephone.



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Israel says Gaza baby's family paid to blame army for death

Israel says Gaza baby's family paid to blame army for deathIsrael said Thursday it has evidence the family of a baby who died near the Gaza border was paid by Hamas to accuse Israel’s army over her death, an account the family rejected. Gaza’s health ministry and family members said eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour had died after inhaling tear gas along the border during a day of clashes in May, in which at least 61 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.



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Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in SyriaIsrael declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack. The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Iran’s “proxies” anywhere in Syria. Fighters of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, mainly composed of Iran-trained Shiite militia, have played a major role in the war against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group in Syria as well as Iraq.



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Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in Syria

Israel mum on US claims it hit Iraq militia in SyriaIsrael declined to comment on Tuesday on a weekend air strike against an Iraqi paramilitary base in eastern Syria after its US ally implicated it in the attack. The Sunday evening strike against the Al-Hari base on the Syrian side of the border with Iraq came less than 24 hours after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would strike Iran’s “proxies” anywhere in Syria. Fighters of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, mainly composed of Iran-trained Shiite militia, have played a major role in the war against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group in Syria as well as Iraq.



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UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not HamasUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved a Palestinian-backed resolution Wednesday blaming Israel for violence in Gaza and deploring its "excessive use of force," after narrowly rejecting a U.S. demand to add a condemnation of attacks on Israel by Gaza's Hamas rulers.



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