Rocket Attack from Gaza; Israeli Soldiers Killed a Palestinian Teenager; Threats and Killings in Iraq
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 30 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Rocket sirens sound in Ashkelon, Gaza border communities
Rocket sirens sounded at 11pm Friday in the southern city of Ashkelon and the kibbutzim of Karmia and Zikim near the border with the Gaza Strip.
The IDF said that the projectiles fired from Gaza at Israel were not rockets, adding that the air raid warning and air defense system functioned as required.
The Friday night attack from Gaza came just two hours after a rocket fired from the Hamas-run coastal enclave fell in an open area of Eshkol Regional Council, close to the border with the Strip.
There was no damage or injury caused in the attack.
The IDF struck a Hamas military in northern Gaza in response.
The rocket attacks follow the death Friday afternoon of 16-year-old Palestinian Fahed al-Astal, who was shot in the stomach by IDF troops during a protest along the border fence. Four other people were wounded, according to Gaza officials.
Israeli troops kill Palestinian near Gaza security fence
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager near the border fence with the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian officials said, Reuters reports.
Local residents said a few dozen Palestinians had approached the border fence, an area in which Israel’s military, citing security concerns, enforces a “no go” zone. Some in the crowd hurled stones at the barrier, residents said.
One 16-year-old was killed and four other people were wounded by live fire, Gaza’s health ministry said.
An Israeli army spokesman said he was checking the report.
Israeli soldiers have been confronted by frequent Palestinian protests that often turn violent along the Gaza border. They have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition against demonstrators who the military said hurled rocks or petrol bombs at them.
Threats, arrests, targeted killings silence Iraqi dissidents
After armed men raided the home of Hussein Adel al-Madani and his wife Sara Talib last year, the Iraqi activists spent months of self-imposed exile in Turkey, changed address upon returning home and ceased participating in protests, according to two friends of the couple.
But a day after anti-government demonstrations erupted in Baghdad in October, unidentified gunmen believed by activists to be working on behalf of Iran-backed militia shot the couple dead in their home in the southern city of Basra, said the friends and two security sources familiar with the incident. Sara was several months pregnant.
“It was a message. No matter who you are, how peacefully you object – if you go out and demonstrate, you’ll be threatened, locked up, or killed,” said one of the friends, an activist who gave the name Abbas, an alias, for fear of reprisal from armed groups.
Reuters interviews with five officials and more than half a dozen Iraqi rights activists depict a pattern of mass arrests, intimidation and torture, and in some cases targeted killings of Iraqi protesters.
On Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation following weeks of protests calling for the removal of a government viewed as corrupt and the powerful Iran-backed paramilitary groups that support it. Iraqis say the resignation alone will not curb the power of corrupt officials or armed groups.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, YNet