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Israeli Attacks on Syria Escape Security Council Scrutiny

By Thalif Deen | IPS | 14 May 2013

UNITED NATIONS - Israel, which has launched three air strikes inside Syria since January this year, has escaped scrutiny or condemnation by a Security Council which remains sharply divided.

The continued air attacks have escalated tensions in the region and threatened a wider regional conflagration, according to reports from the Middle East.

Ignoring Risk of Regional Turmoil, Israel Launches Strikes in Syria

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 06 May 2013

In the second such incident this year, the Israeli government on Saturday confirmed it launched an airstrike inside Syria the day before.

The Associated Press reports:

Vital Gaza Tunnels Flooded by Egyptian Forces

Source : Agencies | 14 Feb 2013

Egyptian forces flooded a series of tunnels used to bring goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip through the Egyptian/Gaza border, officials stated Wednesday.

The tunnels account for an estimated 30 percent of all goods brought into Gaza, such as cement and gravel, due to an over seven-year goods blockade imposed by Israel.

US to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

Source : Agencies | 14 Dec 2012

The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said Friday.

The order was signed shortly before Panetta arrived on an unannounced visit to Turkey to meet American troops stationed at the Incirlik Air Base, the last stop on a week-long trip that took him to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

NATO approves to deploy Patriot missiles in Turkey

Source : Agencies | 05 Dec 2012

Lebanese army clashes with Syrian opposition fighters

Source : Agencies | 03 Dec 2012

Russia’s Putin to meet Turkey’s Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss Syria

Source : Agencies | 03 Dec 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.

The visit follows a delay because of tensions between the two countries over the 20-month-old Syrian conflict and speculation that the Russian president might postpone his long-awaited trip due to a back injury.

NATO: Patriot deployment to take weeks not months

By Slobodan Lekic | AP | 01 Dec 2012

NATO will deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey’s border with Syria “within several weeks” after the move is approved, officials said Friday.

A team assessing possible sites for the air defense systems is making good progress and is expected to report back to NATO’s military command soon, alliance spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said. This opens the possibility that foreign ministers of the 28 member countries, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, could make the final decision.

Israel fires into Syria, scores "direct hits"

Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2012

Israeli tanks made a direct hit on Syrian artillery units on Monday in response to stray mortar spillover from the civil conflict in Syria.

Israel Threatens Ground Troops, Escalation in Gaza after Weekend Strikes

Source : Agencies | 13 Nov 2012

Tensions between Israel and Gaza have intensified once again, as Israeli officials opened up the possibility of a ground troop invasion in the occupied territory.

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