Israeli Chief of Staff Accuses Iran of Planting Explosives in Golan Heights

 Israeli Chief of Staff Accuses Iran of Planting Explosives in Golan Heights
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Israeli Chief of Staff Accuses Iran of Planting Explosives in Golan Heights

 Israeli Chief of Staff Accuses Iran of Planting Explosives in Golan Heights

The four members of the Syrian cell who died while planting several explosives in Golan Heights earlier this week were operating on Iranian orders, Israel Forces Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi said on Friday.

Kochavi said Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and al-Quds Brigade were directly responsible for this cell.

The General was speaking during a meeting with soldiers from the Maglan reconnaissance unit, who foiled last week's attack.

He said that the cell operated on direct Iranian orders, contrary to early assumptions that claimed it belonged to the Lebanese Hezbollah and was trying to avenge the killing of one of its members in Damascus last month.

Kochavi stated that the goals of the “war between wars” were to foil the establishment of a radical axis on the northern front, and prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

The General stressed that Israel would continue to work to prevent its enemies from acquiring dangerous weaponry.

“We are going to continue this process of striking our enemies and depriving them of these abilities 360 degrees, from the northern arena to Judea and Samaria, in the southern arena and in other various circles that we will not discuss here,” he said.

Kochavi called on his officers to be vigilant, analyze the current situation in the various fields, and propose the best solutions that preserve the Israeli "superiority".

Another military official indicated that Tehran’s envoys to the Golan Heights were trying to recruit young Syrians for their military purposes, and a Syrian militia affiliated with Iran was leading its members.

He explained that Iran was taking advantage of the dire economic situations in southern Syria, and offered a salary equivalent to $20 a month to each new recruit.

The official explained how that was not limited to the cell, but a widely spread phenomenon where hundreds of young Syrians joined the Iranian units.

He indicated that Iran’s expansion activities continued despite an Israeli-Russian-Iranian understanding to keep forces 80 kilometers from the frontier on the Golan Heights.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (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, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (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, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
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The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.