Jerusalem, 22 April, 2021 (TPS) -- A smuggler was killed by the IDF forces on the Egyptian border on Wednesday night after apparently threatening the troops’ lives.
The IDF stated that a unit that was in an ambush on the Egyptian border during the night identified three suspicious vehicles approaching the border fence from inside Israel.
The troops signaled the vehicles to stop and identified one of the vehicles accelerating towards them, and in response fired at the wheels of the vehicle.
One of the suspects was killed as a result of the shooting.
The incident is being investigated, the IDF stated.
This is the second time in 10 days that a Bedouin drug smuggler has been killed in an encounter with IDF soldiers on the Egyptian border.
Israeli forces periodically clash with smugglers on the border with Egypt, a major smuggling route for drugs, weapons, and women into Israel.
The clashes have increased significantly in recent months, apparently the result of increased efforts by smugglers and an intensefied IDF response to stem the attempts.
Jerusalem, 21 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed his “deepest condolences” to the people of Chad on the passing of President Idriss Déby.
Chad’s military stated Tuesday that Deby, 68, died of wounds sustained during a visit to the front lines in the country’s north where government troops are battling rebels.
“We will miss his bold leadership and always remember his historic decision to renew Chad’s relationship with Israel,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu published the statement in Israel as well.
Muslim-majority Chad, a central Africa nation, cut diplomatic ties with Jerusalem in 1972 after a decade of good relations and cooperation.
Israel and Chad renewed their diplomatic ties in November 2018, 46 years after they were cut off, as Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, the first Chadian president in history to make the visit.
Chad is one of several African countries to examine and renew diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. It was the first Muslim country in the region to launch a process of normalization with Israel, a step that later marked the path for more countries.
Netanyahu met in Jerusalem in September 2020 with Chad Cabinet Chairman Abdelkerim Deby, the son of the late Chadian President Idriss Deby.
Netanyahu with him the appointment of ambassadors and the opening of representations, including the possibility of opening an embassy in Jerusalem.
Chad would become the first African country to open its embassy to Jerusalem if it did so.
Israel Hayom reported that Jerusalem believes that Muhammad Kaka, Deby’s son and successor, will continue in his father’s footsteps and maintain the normalization process with Israel.
Jerusalem, 20 April, 2021 (TPS) -- A car with five Israelis that erroneously entered the Palestinian Authority (PA) town of Ein Yabrud on Monday night was violently attacked and burned.
Arabs stoned the car, and the five Israelis managed to escape and reach the nearby Israeli community of Ofra.
The vehicle left in the village was set on fire by the terrorists.
Jerusalem, 19 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Tens of Muslims rioted outside Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday night, as they have on previous nights during the month of Ramadan.
The rioters threw rocks at the police and launched fireworks toward them.
The police arrested five of the rioters.
Similar clashes have occurred on most nights since the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan.
Jerusalem, 18 April, 2021 (TPS) -- Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket at southern Israel on Friday night, for the second consecutive night.
The rocket exploded in an open space, causing no injuries or damage.
In response, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) struck Hamas terror targets, including a training facility, an anti-aircraft missile launcher post, a concrete production plant, and terror tunnel infrastructure.
A similar rocket attack occurred on Thursday night, as Israel ended its Independence Day celebrations. The rocket that was fired from Gaza exploded in an open space.
Retaliating, IAF fighter jets and attack helicopters hit a Hamas weapons manufacturing site, a weapon smuggling tunnel, and a military post.
Saturday night was quiet.