Breaking: Israeli pilot shot down by Syrian air defenses dies of injuries in hospital

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:55 P.M.) – An Israeli pilot whose warplane was shot down by Syrian air defense forces on Saturday morning has died from injuries sustained during the engagement.

On Saturday, a major engagement between the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defence Force took place over the occupied Golan Region, south Lebanon and the west Damascus region.

In a battle that lasted for hours, Israeli warplanes and Syrian anti-aircraft systems traded missile fire – literally dozens of such munitions were loosed – as the latter launched a general attack against ‘Iranian and regime’ bases west of Damascus.

At the beginning of the battle, Syrian surface-to-air missile systems downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet over the occupied Golan Heights (described as ‘northern Israel’ by Israeli sources).

Both crew members reportedly ejected – the weapons operator with light injuries and the pilot with ‘severe’ injuries. Only video evidence exists for the pilot ejecting.

According to emerging reports, the Israeli pilot with serious injuries has died in hospital. No further details were given.

Updates to follow.

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Additionally to the downed F-16I of the Israeli Air Force, at least one Israeli F-15 warplane wad damaged by a Syrian missile and was forced to make an emergency landing on February 10, the Al Arabiya TV network reported citing own sources.

According to unconfirmed report, in total 3 Israeli warplanes were damaged additionally to the F-16 which was downed by the Syrian forces earlier on February 10.

If these reports are at least partly confirmed this will be one of the biggest Israeli failures in the recent time.

In turn, the Israeli Defense Forces claim that the February 10 encounter was a kind of success because they had been allegedly able to deliver a significant damage to the Syrian military and its allies.

Meanwhile, some Lebanese activists set up a banner recalling the F-16I shotdown at the border with the Israeli-held area:

At Least One Israeli F-15 Was Damaged Additionally To Downed F-16I In Recent Encounter With Syrian Forces - Media

At Least One Israeli F-15 Was Damaged Additionally To Downed F-16I In Recent Encounter With Syrian Forces - Media

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Undercover israeli “Soldiers” Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah


Undercover Israeli Soldiers Attack Three Schoolchildren Near Ramallah

Childhood in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is anything but carefree.
An everyday occurrence: Palestinian children often throw stones at Israeli army vehicles invading Palestinian land – but even if they don’t, they may be accused, arrested, or even abducted for “allegedly” doing so.

from IMEMC News

A group of undercover Israeli soldiers attacked, Monday, three schoolchildren in Kafr Malek village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and briefly detained them.

Media sources said the undercover soldiers attacked the three children, identified as Ali Khalil Ka’abna, 10, Anas Younis Abu Ein, 7, and Salem Khaled Abu Ghorra, and tried to abduct them.

They added that the soldiers claimed that the children hurled stones at army vehicles driving on a nearby bypass road.

The three children are from a nearby Bedouin area, and attend school in Kafr Malek; the undercover soldiers attacked them while waiting for the bus to go back home.

Many women from the village managed to convince the soldiers to release the children.

Dozens of Palestinians Injured in Clashes with Zionist Occupation Forces in West Bank and Gaza

January 19, 2018

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and IOF in West Bank

The Palestinian protests set off on Friday after the prayers in Gaza and the occupied West Bank as dozens of youths were injured in clashes with the Israeli troops.

The Palestinian youths headed into the points of contact with the Zionist occupation forces on Gaza border, and clashes consequently erupted, claiming eight injured.

In the various cities of the West Bank, the Palestinians participated in protests and clashes with the Israeli forces, which left dozens of them wounded.

The Zionist occupation army announced that one of its soldiers was wounded in car ramming incident in Jericho city and that its forces arrested the executor.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Israelis Deface Poster of Killed Tamimi Family Member

On January 3 Musab Tamimi became the first Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the year 2018. Musab was the 16-year-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi, who remains imprisoned for slapping an Israeli soldier.

It is customary in Palestinian society to make posters of those killed by Israeli forces. For bereaved family members, it is a way of paying tribute to lost loved ones. Yesterday, on January 18, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, in an article by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac, reported that Israeli soldiers defaced a poster of Musab with stars of David and filthy graffiti.

The photo above shows Musab’s father, Firas, holding the defiled picture of his son. In their article, the two writers report:

Here’s what soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces scrawled on a mourning notice for 16-year-old Musab Tamimi, who was killed by a sniper’s shot to the throat: “Son of a bitch, slut, dead.” For good measure, they drew a Star of David.

Two days after they killed the teen, IDF troops again invaded his village, Deir Nizam, north of Ramallah. In a late-night raid, they arrested four young residents and left behind as a souvenir the memorial notice they violated. Neatly folded, the notice is now in the possession of the bereaved father, Firas Tamimi. An expression of pain crosses his face when he shows it to us. He was the one who carried his bleeding son two weeks ago to the car and rushed him to a hospital, where the teen was pronounced dead.

Readers can access the full article here.

The story also relates previously-unknown circumstances regarding Musab’s death. The youth was shot in the neck by an Israeli sniper. Israeli officials justified the shooting on the grounds that he was armed with a rifle. However, Musab’s younger brother told Haaretz there was no gun. Also it seems an Israeli official, apparently worried that information might get out, issued a warning to the family against talking to the media:

This week, before our visit to Deir Nizam, a villager was summoned for a talk with “Captain Malek” from the Shin Bet security service. Through him, Firas relates, the agent conveyed a message to Musab’s family not to talk to the media and to ensure quiet in the village.

Musab lived in the village of Deir Nizam, not far from Nabi Saleh, where Ahed Tamimi slapped the soldier on December 19. Earlier this week an Israeli military court denied bail to Ahed, ruling that she must remain incarcerated until she stands trial.

Another manifestation of off-the-rails Israeli insanity to make the news recently is the story of Abdullah Eyad Ghanayem, who was crushed to death by an Israeli military jeep in 2015. According to a report here, the Israeli army has filed suit against Ghanayem’s family, as well as his entire village of Kafr Malik, located in the central West Bank near the city of Ramallah.

The suit reportedly seeks 95,260 Israeli shekels (about $28,000) for damages to the jeep. The story was brought to my attention by one of our readers, Siljan.

IOF Raids Jenin, Kills Palestinian Who Carried out Nablus Operation

January 18, 2018

IOF manhunt

Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian late Wednesday in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Occupation forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin late Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, with violent clashes breaking out in which Israeli occupation police said there were a “number of injuries”.

Palestinian health ministry announced that Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, 31, was martyred in Jenin raid.

For its part, Israeli security agency, the Shin Bet, said border guards raided Jenin to capture Palestinians who took part in Nablus operation, in which a rabbi was shot dead earlier this month.

“During the clashes, one of the suspects was killed while others were arrested,” Shin Bet said in a statement without giving further details.

Israeli media reported that at least two border guards were wounded in the gunfire exchange, one of them seriously.


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«Israel» Fears War with Palestinians amid Escalating Tensions

15-01-2018 | 10:48
The “Israeli” Occupation Force [IOF] Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot warned of the danger of deterioration – perhaps even to the point of war – which has grown significantly. The intelligence branch and the chief of staff, who is beginning his fourth and final year at the helm of the “Israeli” army, are concerned about two possible scenarios.

IOF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Col. Gilad Amit, commander of the “Israeli” “Samaria Brigade”

The first would be the result of a reaction by one of the entity’s enemies to an “Israeli” show of force. The second would stem from a flare-up on the Palestinian front.

The first scenario, which the army terms “the campaign between the wars,” might happen when the “Israeli” entity tries to prevent rivals from obtaining advance weaponry they might want to use during a future war, according to Eisenkot.

Most of these “Israeli” attacks occur under the radar, far from the entity’s borders. The previous “Israel” Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Eshel, stated last August that there were nearly 100 such attacks under his five-year command, mostly on Syrian and Hezbollah arms convoys on the northern front of the “Israeli” entity.

Foreign media reported that the more the “Israeli” entity carries out such attacks, the higher the chances of confrontation with other countries and organizations get, increasing the danger of a significant retaliation.

A similar thing is happening on the Gaza border. Work on the barrier against cross-border operation tunnels is advancing, while the “Israeli” entity is simultaneously developing and implementing more sophisticated methods to locate these tunnels.

A few days beforehand, there was a report about an “Israeli” aerial attack – apparently on a cross-border operation tunnel – next to the Gaza border. Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank, the demonstrations to protest US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the so-called “Israeli” capital were dying down, out of a seeming lack of public interest.

Then, on Tuesday evening, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, from the illegal settlement of “Havat Gilad”, was killed in a drive-by shooting operation near Nablus. The “Israeli” army responded by surrounding villages and erecting roadblocks around Nablus, for the first time in two years. The IOF moves were acts of collective punishment the chief of staff would normally rather avoid, but they were approved on a limited basis due to the murder of an “Israeli” settler.

“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that the “Shin Bet” security service is close to solving the murder, but at the time of writing it was still unclear who did it. Hamas and Islamic Jihad released statements praising the operation, while, in a rare move, Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades took responsibility for the operation.

Source: Haaretz, Edited by website team

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