Israeli Messages against ‘Iranian Proxies’ in Syria

The funeral of a Hezbollah member. AFP file photo
The funeral of a Hezbollah member. AFP file photo
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Israeli Messages against ‘Iranian Proxies’ in Syria

The funeral of a Hezbollah member. AFP file photo
The funeral of a Hezbollah member. AFP file photo

A group of Israeli officers have issued statements on “Iranian proxies” in Syria and Lebanon over their threats to Israel and its offshore gas fields, which observers saw as warnings to the Iranian leadership.

Israel's Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot accused Iran of working to forge a “Shi’ite crescent”.

“Just glance at the scale of Iranian investment in order to achieve regional hegemony – it adds up to giving “Hezbollah” between $1 billion and $700 million each year," Eizenkot said in a speech to the IDC Herzliya University.

Eizenkot further said Iran currently had around 2,000 military advisers in Syria deployed alongside 10,000 foreign Shi’ite militiamen and 8,000 “Hezbollah” fighters.

Hezbollah “has built a significant offensive missile array, which can be defined as a strategic offensive array in every respect,” according to Israeli Navy commander Major General Eli Sharvit.

Col. Yuval Eilon, commander of the Navy base in Ashdod, wrote in an article that “it can be assumed that in future confrontations the subterranean medium will be threatened significantly by those who wish to harm Israel’s strength.”

He assumed that “the range of means and capabilities is wide and varied – from suicide swimmers, through explosive boats to deep-water and explosives expert divers and even dwarf submarines and homemade mining and sabotage systems.”

It is well known that Israel will start next year more drilling in the north of the Israeli Exclusive Economic Zone.

This would spur tension with “Hezbollah” that considers the area Lebanese territory.

Israel's Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot said earlier that “Hezbollah” has witnessed a change in the past years. It has become an organization that fights as an Iranian arm.

“Hezbollah lost more than 2,000 fighters and has more than 10,000 wounded fighters,” he added.

Some Israeli generals said certain restrictions might prevent “Hezbollah” from waging a war against Israel.



13 Palestinians Killed in Central Gaza Strikes

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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13 Palestinians Killed in Central Gaza Strikes

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

At least 13 people were killed in three Israeli airstrikes that hit refugee camps in central Gaza overnight into Saturday, according to Palestinians health officials.

Among the dead in Nuseirat Refugee Camp and Bureij Refugee Camp were three children and one woman, according to Palestinian ambulance teams that transported the bodies to the nearby Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital.

The 13 corpses were counted by AP journalists at the hospital.

The latest casualties follow a rare moment of hope in war ravaged Gaza, after a medical teams recovered a live baby from a heavily pregnant Palestinian mother killed in an airstrike that hit her home in Nuseirat late Thursday evening.

Heavily pregnant Ola al-Kurd, 25, was killed along with six others in the blast, but was quickly rushed by emergency workers to Al-Awda Hospital in northern Gaza in the hope of saving the unborn child. Hours later, doctors told The Associated Press that a baby boy had been delivered.

The still-unnamed newborn is stable but has suffered from a shortage of oxygen and has been placed in an incubator, said Dr. Khalil Dajran. The baby boy's father was wounded in the same strike, but survived.

At least 38,919 Palestinians have been killed and 89,622 have been injured in the Israeli military offensive in Gaza since Oct. 7, the Gaza health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.