Terrorism

Iron Dome intercepts rockets fired at Ashkelon

By Rosa Doherty, January 16, 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has shot down five rockets fired at Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip.

The round of rocket fire was launched at Ashkelon, home to 125,000 residents, last night just before 2am.

Warning sirens were triggered but no injuries or damage was reported.

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Study shows Al Qaeda responsible for 95 per cent of suicide bombings

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2014

Al Qaeda is responsible for 95 per cent of the world’s suicide bombings, and poses an ongoing threat to the Israel, according to a new study.

Researchers at Tel Aviv's Institute for National Security Studies found that the jihadist terrorist network, which has promised to wipe Israel of the map, was responsible for the vast majority of suicide attacks last year.

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Israel makes arrests over Tel Aviv bus bomb attack

By Rosa Doherty, January 3, 2014

Israeli security forces have arrested 13 Palestinians and an Israeli Bedouin, believed to be behind the bombing of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, on December 22.

After gag order was lifted yesterday, it emerged that among those arrested was the man accused of planting the bomb, 20-year-old Palestinian Sami Harimi.

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Anger over church’s replica of Israeli security wall

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

The Israeli Embassy has accused St James’s Church in Piccadilly of attempting to “incite against Israel and Israelis” by unveiling a replica of the West Bank barrier.

Embassy officials were originally signed up to speak during the “Bethlehem Unwrapped” festival which opened on December 23.

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Tel Aviv averts horror after bomb found

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2013

A major tragedy was averted last Sunday afternoon when a passenger noted a suspicious bag left in the back of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv.

The bag contained a bomb that went off shortly after the bus was evacuated, lightly wounding one police officer.

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Iran says Israel was behind embassy bomb blast

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 21, 2013

At least 25 people, including an Iranian diplomat, were killed and 160 wounded in Beirut on Tuesday morning in a double bomb attack outside the Iranian embassy.

A group with links to al Qaeda took responsibility for the attack.

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Security checks after Nairobi shopping centre attack

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Security at Westfield shopping centres is being monitored in the wake last month’s terrorist attack in Kenya.

At least 60 people were killed after al-Shabaab Islamists conducted a siege at the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall.

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‘Hamas used Chinese bank to pay families of terrorists’

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

A hamas scheme to launder money in Chinese bank accounts has been revealed in an ongoing court case in the US.

The allegations emerged in a suit being brought against the Bank of China by the family of Daniel Weltz, a 16-year-old American killed in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv in April 2006.

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Israelis advised Kenyans during Naorobi mall terror siege

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 24, 2013

Israeli counter-terrorism experts were on hand to advise the Kenyan security forces facing the Al Shabaab terrorists who killed over 60 people at a shopping mall in Nairobi this week.

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British minister condemns murder of Israeli soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2013

The murder of two Israeli soldiers over the weekend has been condemned by Britain's Middle East minister.

Alistair Burt said the deaths of Gavriel Kobi and Tomer Chazan were "tragic".

Sgt Gabriel Koby, 20, was shot by a sniper while on patrol in Hebron on Sunday.

His death came after Tomer Chazan, also 20, was lured to a West Bank village by a Palestinian and killed on Friday night.

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