'Gaza gets anti-aircraft, anti-tank rockets from Libya'
Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.
Israeli officials have detected an inflow of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), said one official, describing an overland supply route that opened up between eastern Libya -- after it fell to the rebels -- and the Gaza Strip via Egypt.
Worries grow over fate of Syrian chemical weapons
Assad regime may have world's largest stockpile of chemical warheads, which experts say could fall into terrorists' hands.
The Washington Post reported Monday some weapons experts believe Syria to have the world’s largest chemical stockpile, much of it acquired from the Soviet Union starting in the 1970s.
The newspaper cited CIA estimates that Damascus has a large store of mustard-gas and sarin-based warheads (sarin is a lethal nerve agent, even in minute quantities) and is developing VX, an even deadlier chemical that resists breaking down in the environment.
A 2009 CIA report found Syria has had a chemical weapons program “for many years and already has a stockpile of CW agents, which can be delivered by aircraft, ballistic missiles and artillery rockets.”
“We are very concerned about the status of Syria’s WMD, including chemical weapons,” Israel’s ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, told The Wall Street Journal this week. “Together with the US administration, we are watching this situation very carefully.”
Is it possible that Damascus 'ceases to exist' as a city due to a chemical weapon accident? Just food for thought.
Gaza Terror Groups Acquire Weapons from Libya
Terror groups based in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, Israeli officials told Reuters on Monday.
They noted, however, that an inflow of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) has been detected as entering Gaza. One official described an overland supply route that opened up between eastern Libya, after it fell to the rebels, and the Gaza Strip via Egypt.
IDF remains on high alert in south
IDF forces stationed in the southern sector and on the Israel-Egypt border remained on high alert Monday night, as military intelligence indicated a viable terror threat in the area.
The southern sector, and especially the area adjacent to the border, has been virtually flooded with military forces, deployed in a manner defined by one security source as "unprecedented."
Rocket fire on southern Israel continues
Rocket explodes near Eshkol Regional Council despite Gaza group's proclaimed ceasefire. Radical Islamist terror group Tawhid al-Jihad claims act
Also Sunday, a Grad missile landed in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council not far from Beersheba.
And we are seeing more and more regarding upcoming demonstrations in September after the UN vote:
Palestinian rallies may follow statehood bid
Mass Palestinian demonstrations, with the potential to devolve into violence, are a likely result of the UN vote on Palestinian statehood, Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner said on Monday.
The entire situation around the epicenter continues to escalate. In fact, it has been a long time since we've seen such a prolonged escalation in violence and the "arab spring' seems to have created a lot more instability in the region, in addition to even more of an anti-Israeli sentiment.
September is almost here. It promises to be very interesting.