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Police Arrest 5 Arabs in Northern Israel for Possession of Illegal Weapons

12 March, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

Police forces raided several Arab towns in northern Israel on Wednesday, arrested five men for the possession of illegal weapons and confiscated several guns and drugs.

The operation was part of the police’s months-long campaign against illegal weapons and violent crime in the Israeli-Arab sector

In the village of Iblin, the forces seized an M-4 assault rifle and Hashish worth NIS 100,000. A 60-year-old resident was arrested for questioning.

In Shfaram the police found ammunition, cartridges, firearm parts, and other combat equipment hidden in homes. Three suspects, aged 19, 23 and 36 were detained for questioning, and one of the suspects was arrested after the interrogation and will be brought before a judge for a hearing on his remand in a Haifa court on Thursday.

In the village of Rama, the police found a Karl Gustav sub-machine gun and a training grenade. A 52-year-old suspect from the village was arrested and brought to the police station for questioning.

Since the beginning of 2019, the police have located and seized more than 4,200 illegal weapons items, including more than 1,000 rifles and weapons of various kinds, 275 grenades, ammunition, explosive charges, weapon parts and other contraband, most of it seized during operations in Arab communities.

Data shows that Arab-Israelis are involved in 57 percent of all murder cases, 55% of the attempted murder cases, 59%of the arson incidents, 45% of the robberies, and 26% of drug cases.

Israelis Arabs represent about 20% of the general population.

IDF Shoots, Arrests 2 Terrorists in Samaria

11 March, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

The IDF on Tuesday night shot and arrested two terrorists who had prepared to throw firebombs at Israeli cars in the Samaria area.

Members of a special unit identified the two terrorists preparing the firebombs in the area of the Israeli community of Neve Tsuf and fired at them, hitting both, and then arrested them shortly after.

They will be transferred later on for further questioning.

Terrorist Overpowered after Attempting to Stab Police Officers in Jerusalem

10 March, 2020   |   3 weeks ago

A suspected Arab terrorist was overpowered by Israeli police officers after pulling a knife at the entrance to the Shalem police station close at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, an entrance to the Old City.

The man had attempted to stab the Border Guards at the police station, Israeli police reported. There were no casualties in the incident.

In a statement, the police added that the suspect was a resident of eastern Jerusalem and was arrested after the foiled attack.

Jerusalem has seen several terror attacks in the past month, with tensions high following the publication of US President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century peace plan, to which the Palestinian Authority has expressed violent opposition.

Number of Corona Patients in Israel Climbs to 39, New Restrictions Introduced

9 March, 2020   |   4 weeks ago

The number of Israelis who have been infected with Coronavirus has climbed to 39, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday evening, primarily Israelis who contracted the virus while abroad.

One of the patients had returned to Israel from Spain, another from Italy, a third from Belgium and two from Austria. The five other patients were infected by other previously identified patients.

The Ministry of Health published the locations that the patients visited since returning to the country and asked the public who was on the flight with them or who may have encountered them in public to enter a self-imposed quarantine for 14 days.

All the Israeli patients are in light condition, except a 38-year-old man who is in serious condition.

Tens of thousands of Israelis have been sent into quarantine, mostly at home, out of fear that they may have contracted the virus.

Public events around the country have been canceled, including events celebrating the Purim holiday and sports games.

The Ministry of Health announced that following the widespread infection in the Palestinian Authority ruled Bethlehem, it is directing anyone who has been in the Bethlehem area in the past 14 days to go into quarantine.

The Population and Immigration Authority announced that it was freezing the entry of foreigners arriving in Israel from Egypt.

The organizers of the March of the Living in Poland announced that the event was postponed to a later date.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the fight against Corona in the US.

Follow-up talks were held between the Israeli team dealing with the Coronavirus and the American team. The talks were held to “advance technological and scientific cooperation on the issue of the Coronavirus and to discuss joint ways of dealing with the challenges posed by the virus,” Netanyahu’s office stated.

At a later press conference, Netanyahu talked about “changing the situation, not only for the United States and for Israel, but for the world.”

The current focus is on technological solutions for widespread screening and perhaps home screening.

Touching on the various limitations imposed on travel and public events which have deeply affected the tourism and travel industry in Israel, Netanyahu said that “health takes precedence, over everything, this is life itself. But health also ensures the economy.”

“It must be understood that in such a situation, health ensures the economy because it is clear to you that if there is a very major outbreak of the disease, it will be very difficult to maintain the economy. Of course, this is still a difficult decision but that is why we are here,” he added.

Israeli researchers at MIGAL Institute last month that they have made a breakthrough on the way to developing an effective vaccine against Coronavirus and expect it to be ready in the coming weeks.

The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 109 countries around the world.

At least 110,100 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 3,800 deaths. Some 62,300 have recovered.

Netanyahu: ‘Rate of Infection Higher than We Figured’, Number of Coronavirus Patients in Israel Climbs to 25

8 March, 2020   |   4 weeks ago

Several more cases of Coronavirus were discovered in Israel over the weekend, bringing the number of patients to 25.

Patient number 25 had recently returned from Spain, patient number 24 had recently returned from Greece, and patient number 23 had recently returned from Italy.

The Ministry of Health published the locations that the patients visited since returning to the country and asked the public who was on the flight with them or who may have encountered them in public to enter a self-imposed quarantine for 14 days.

All the Israeli patients are in light condition, except a 38-year-old man who is in serious condition. He is a bus driver who drove Greek pilgrims who were infected with the virus.

Some 60,000 Israelis have been sent into quarantine, mostly at home, out of fear that they may have contracted the virus.

Public events around the country have been canceled, including events celebrating the Purim holiday.

“In the past 48 hours, we have seen a rise in the rate of infection. The rate of infection cannot be estimated precisely but it is, apparently, higher than we figured,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated Saturday night.

He has spoken with world leaders and initiated a conference call to be held this week to see how countries can collaborate in fighting the virus.

“It is doubtful whether there has been a similar pandemic in the last 100 years,” he stated. “It seems that the rate of infection is greater than we figured and for the moment there is no vaccine. The assumption that the virus will disappear or evaporate in hot weather is unproven. At the moment, this has no basis that we can build on.

“The virus is currently spreading to Africa. There is no vaccine and anti-viral drugs are ineffective. Economies are starting to be hurt. Governments are ordering their gates closed. Nobody knows how the pandemic will end,” he added.

“With God’s help, we will overcome the crisis together,” he concluded.

The IDF has prohibited its soldiers from traveling to countries designated by the Ministry of Health as dangerous and health system workers have been grounded in Israel.

Israeli researchers at MIGAL Institute last month that they have made a breakthrough on the way to developing an effective vaccine against Coronavirus and expect it to be ready in the coming weeks.

The novel Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 103 countries around the world.

At least 106,200 cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 3,600 deaths. Some 60,200 have recovered.

 

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