Saturday, April 20, 2013

Evening Update: More Quakes, Missiles From Gaza, Syrian Fighting Heavy Near Lebanon

The update on earthquakes can be understood just by taking a quick look at the monitor:

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near a community in the Eshkol Regional Council on Saturday night. No injuries or damage were reported. A Color red siren sounded in the area shortly before the hit.

On Thursday, two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Earlier in the week, two rockets exploded in residential areas in the southern city of Eilat without causing injury or damage.

The Iron Dome system deployed in the city detected the rocket launches but did not intercept the rockets.

Addressing regional threats on Independence Day, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that "Hamas are armed with tens of thousands of various rockets and missiles, which they will launch at our cities and citizens when ordered to do so.

Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen captured at least one village in heavy fighting Sunday in a strategic area near the Lebanese border, activists and state media reported.
The fighting came as US officials said the Obama administration was poised to send millions more in non-lethal military aid to rebels trying to oust President Bashar Assad.

The clashes around the contested town of Qusair in Homs province have intensified over the past two weeks as the Syrian military, supported by pro-government militias backed by the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group, has pursued a campaign to regain control of the border area.
The border region near the provincial capital of Homs holds strategic value because it links Damascus with the coastal enclave that is the heartland of Syria’s Alawites, and is home to the country’s two main seaports, Latakia and Tartus.

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