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Israeli Press Review of 14.03.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 14.03.2016

Major Headlines
  • Rockets strike Israeli towns near Gaza border

At least four rockets fired by Palestinians in Gaza landed in communities inside Israel’s border on Friday evening, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Just moments earlier, rocket sirens sounded in Israeli towns adjacent to the border with the Gaza Strip. The sirens were heard in Sderot and the Sha'ar Hanegev regional council.  No injuries were reported.

The last time rocket sirens were activated along the Gaza frontier was in late January, when terrorists fired a rocket at southern Israel.

In retaliation to the barrage, the Israel Air Force struck four Hamas targets in Gaza.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Two children killed in Israel retaliatory strikes in Gaza

Fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft killed 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khussa and his sister Israa Abu Khussa, 6, in Gaza on Saturday, while another sibling was wounded, Yediot Aharonot reports.

A statement by the IDF said aircraft had targeted four militant training camps belonging to Hamas after four missiles landed in open areas in southern Israel late on Friday.

Residents of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip said Yassin died after missile debris hit his home, which is situated next to a militant training camp. His sister, who was wounded in the strike, later succumbed to her injuries.

The fatalities from air strikes in Gaza were the first since last October. The IDF said that since the beginning of the year and including Friday's salvo, seven rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

IDF spokesperson, Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said the rocket strike was an effort by militants to threaten the security and safety of people in southern Israel.

“The (military) will continue to act to protect against those who threaten innocent lives and Israel's sovereignty."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israeli man moderately hurt in Jerusalem stabbing

An Israeli man was moderately wounded on Friday in a stabbing terror attack near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate, the Times of Israel reports.

The victim, 29, was hospitalised with a stab wound to his back.

He was treated in the field and taken to hospital in Jerusalem. He was fully conscious throughout the evacuation.

The attacker, identified as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, fled the scene of the attack but was caught by police after a brief manhunt.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Three Israelis lightly hurt in car-ramming attacks in West Bank

Three Israelis were lightly wounded on Monday morning in two car-ramming and shooting attacks near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron, the Times of Israel reports.

The first incident, shortly before 7 a.m., saw two terrorist plough into a hitchhiking post at the Elias Junction outside Kiryat Arba with a car and shoot at hitchhikers.

One soldier was lightly hurt.

Soldiers at the scene opened fire on the attackers and hit them. They were killed and weapons were found in the car.

Several minutes later, a second Palestinian vehicle hit a soldier at the scene, wounding him. The driver was also shot, and reports said he too was killed.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

  • Israeli Tourism Minister will not visit Germany

Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin of the ruling Likud party said on Saturday that the idea of a visit to Germany makes him “uneasy,” the Jerusalem Post reports.

Levin missed a major international tourism fair last week in Berlin, where representatives of the Palestinian Authority were present and active.

“I see great importance in the relationship between Israel and Germany,” Levin said in an interview with Israel Hayom. “Within that context, I have met with German officials more than once here in Israel. However, I do feel uneasy visiting Germany.”

Last month, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, also of Likud, remained behind in Israel when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior government ministers made an official visit to Germany, where they held an annual joint government session. It was the sixth such session for the two countries celebrating their cooperation.

“As a son of survivors, I do not travel to Germany,” Katz told Israel Hayom in an interview last month. “My father escaped on a train from Budapest, and my mother was imprisoned in seven concentration camps in Germany and Poland by the time she was 15.

“I maintain the necessary contacts demanded by the responsibilities of my job, but I do not take part in ceremonies and I do not visit."

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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