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Iron Dome intercepts massive missile salvos from Gaza as sirens blare in Tel Aviv — RT World News From “RT World News”



Rocket sirens and heavy blasts sounded over Tel Aviv, as well as central and southern Israel, shortly after midnight, as Hamas militants launched several salvos from Gaza – with most missiles intercepted by the Iron Dome.

At least three rounds of rockets were fired from Gaza in the direction of Tel Aviv and other parts of central Israel on Saturday night, according to RT’s Paula Slier.Multiple videos shared on social media showed the night skies light up with both rockets coming out of Gaza and the Iron Dome missiles launched to intercept them.There were no immediate reports of casualties from rocket impacts, but at least 10 people received injuries while rushing for shelters, according to Israel’s national EMS.The renewed attack comes shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech vowing that Israel will continue to strike in Gaza “as long as necessary.”“The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us,” he added. “Unlike Hamas, which deliberately intends to harm civilians while hiding behind civilians, we are doing everything… to avoid or limit as much as possible harming civilians and to directly strike terrorists instead.”

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‘Will not be silenced’: AP, Al Jazeera condemn Israel for bombing Gaza media offices & nearly killing their journalists

Earlier on Saturday, IDF destroyed a building where offices of international media outlets, including Associated Press and Al Jazeera, were located –  claiming its to be a legitimate military target because it allegedly housed “Hamas military intelligence.”The nearly week-long violent standoff between Israel and Palestinian militants was initially prompted by an Israeli court decision to evict several Palestinian families from an East Jerusalem neighborhood, which led to massive protests and violent police crackdown on the demonstrators. In what it called a retaliation, Hamas militant group targeted Israeli cities with a rocket attack on Monday, prompting Israel to launch its massive military operation against Gaza.The hostilities so far claimed at least 145 Palestinian lives, including 41 children, while Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children, with hundreds injured on both sides.

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How Israel's Iron Dome missile shield works From “BBC News – World”



The Israeli military says the Iron Dome is intercepting about 90% of the rockets fired from Gaza.







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Iran helped Hamas develop missile technology used to attack Israel From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



A residential building in Ashkelon that was damaged by a rocket launched overnight from the Gaza Strip – AMIR COHEN /REUTERSIran has played a key role in helping the militant Palestinian group Hamas to develop the deadly weapons arsenal that has allowed it to hit targets deep inside Israel, according to Western intelligence officials.Senior Hamas commanders are believed to have made regular visits to Iran, where they have undergone training in the production and operation of sophisticated weapons systems, as well as inspecting rocket production facilities controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).The IRGC’s elite Quds Force – which translates as ‘Jerusalem Force’ – has responsibility for Iran’s dealings with Hamas. Qassim Soleimani, the unit’s late commander, took personal charge of overseeing Hamas’s arms build-up until he was killed in a drone strike authorised by Donald Trump, the former US president, last January.Intelligence officials believe the technological assistance provided by Iran, which includes detailed advice on setting up Hamas’s own production infrastructure in Gaza, has resulted in a significant improvement in the terrorist organisation’s ability to strike targets deep within Israel.In the past few days Hamas rockets have struck major Israeli cities and towns such as Tel Aviv and Lod, and enabled Hamas to focus on particular targets, such as the country’s main Ben Gurion airport, prompting a number of major airline carriers to cancel flights as a security precaution.The Israeli Iron Dome missile defence system (L) intercepting rockets (R) fired by Hamas – ANAS BABA /AFPCooperation between Iran and Hamas has intensified during the past five years as the Palestinian group has sought to improve its military capabilities after the defeat it suffered at the hands of Israeli forces in 2014, when the Israeli military launched a ground offensive aimed at destroying Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure.“The collaboration between Iran and Hamas has resulted in the organisation having far more effective weapons,” a senior Western intelligence official told The Daily Telegraph. “Iran’s assistance has resulted in significant improvements in terms of range, precision, and the extent of destruction the weapons can cause.”Story continuesSince the latest clashes between Israel and Palestinian militants erupted last week, Hamas and other Islamist terror groups based in Gaza, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have fired an estimated 1,600 rockets at Israel.The Israeli military has responded by launching hundreds of air strikes in Gaza, and there are mounting fears that Israeli forces are preparing to mount another ground offensive in the enclave.Israeli defence officials estimate that Hamas and other Islamist terror groups based in Gaza have around 30,000 rockets and missiles. Previously Hamas relied on short-range Qassam rockets, which have a range of about 6 miles and were used to attack the nearby Israeli seaport of Ashkelon.But in the latest attacks on Israel, Hamas has used medium-range rockets with a range of 25 miles, as well as the M-75 and J-80 rockets, which have ranges of between 50-60 miles. Israeli defence officials believe these rockets have been manufactured in Gaza based on an Iranian design.







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Al-Shourouk high-rise building in Gaza COLLAPSES to the ground after Israeli missile strike (VIDEO) — RT World News From “RT World News”



Israeli air strikes have destroyed another tower block in Gaza after reportedly warning occupants to leave so the armed forces could target alleged Palestinian militants amid their ongoing conflict with Hamas.

The ten-storey Al-Shourouk high-rise building was levelled to the ground on Wednesday after being struck by missiles fired by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).Footage of the final moments of collapse showed the tower block, which housed a number of media offices, fall to the ground and send a large column of smoke and debris into the air.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a video of the collapse and said: “Whoever shoots at us – bleeds in his head. Congratulations to the IDF.”It is the third such Gaza high-rise to be brought down in the last 24 hours, after the Al-Jawhara Tower was destroyed on Wednesday morning and the Hanandi Tower collapsed following an Israeli strike on Tuesday evening.

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Israel’s military has been striking targets in Gaza since Monday in response to rockets fired by Palestinian militants into Israel after tensions in East Jersualem over the planned forced eviction of Palestinian families erupted in recent days.Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!







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Ukrainian Army tests new aerial target system that replicates cruise missile From “Defence Blog”



The Ukrainian Army is testing an integrated aerial target system that developed to support the training requirement of the armed forces.According to the Army Inform news agency, the Ukrainian Army is experimenting with the Flying Target-1 (FT-1) low-flying air target system during the training phase of combat firing of air defense units at the Rivne military range.The FT-1 is suitable for a range of training missions, including ground-based air defense artillery training and simulation of aerial targets. The target system can simulate a range of aircraft and missiles, as well as anti-ship and cruise missile threats launched from air, land, surface. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – The complex consists of four protected cases, which contain four unmanned aerial vehicles – target aircraft, portable control station, launch vehicle and antennas.“The equipment is mobile and easy to use in any area and in different weather conditions,” – said the engineer of LLC “Unmanned Technologies” Andriy Olishevsky. “It does not require a runway and can be transported by any mode of transport, including military and special equipment, at any distance.”The FT-1 system makes it possible to simulate both single and group enemy targets in the process of preparing units of air defense systems: Tunguska (2S6), Strela (9K35), Buk (9K37), S-300, Osa (9K33), PPRU-1 “Ovod” (9S80), Igla (9K38), P-18 and P-19 radars.In addition, the complex makes it possible to prepare units of ZU-23, “Shilka” and “Tunguska” by firing at a moving air target – a cone, which can tow any target aircraft from the complex.The new target system is operated by a crew from a ground station, which allows you to use different points of the route, to set the flight of a low-flying target in automatic and manual modes. The FT-1 drone is landed by parachute, and it is possible to land “by plane” in emergency situations.







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U.S. Air Force confirms Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test failure From “Defence Blog”



The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that a recent test of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile failed.According to a press release issued May 5 by Air Force Global Strike Command an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, experienced a ground abort prior to launch.“The cause of the ground abort is currently under investigation, and Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch,” the statement said. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – Also added that the Air Force adheres to strict protocols while performing operational test launches, only launching when all safety parameters with the test range and missile are met.The test launch program helps the command evaluate the Minuteman III and gather data to keep the system effective.The Minuteman is a strategic weapon system using a ballistic missile of intercontinental range. Missiles are dispersed in hardened silos to protect against attack and connected to an underground launch control center through a system of hardened cables. Launch crews, consisting of two officers, perform around-the-clock alert in the launch control center.The current intercontinental ballistic missile force consists of 400 Minuteman III missiles located at the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont.; and the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB, N.D.







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Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6 From “World”



Syria’s state media says Israeli missiles have struck locations in northwestern towns, killing one person and wounding six







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Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6 From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



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French nuclear-powered submarine fired Exocet SM39 cruise missile From “Defence Blog”



The French Navy has released a short video showing the test-firing of an Exocet SM39 underwater-launched anti-ship cruise missile from the nuclear-powered attack submarine.In a video posted by the French Navy, this weekend showed a test of an SM39 missile in the Atlantic Ocean on April 19.A nuclear attack submarine destroyed a target at a distance of about 30 kilometers with an SM39 missile, said in a statement. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – “The submarine fired this shot at a fixed target located in an Atlantic exercise area,” the French Navy said.Also added that the main goal of the tests was the use of missiles on a target designated by the Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft.The test-firing of an Exocet SM39 underwater-launched anti-ship cruise missile from the French Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine pic.twitter.com/HckuFSfQyd— Dylan Malyasov (@DylanMalyasov) May 3, 2021Exocet SM39 is the submarine-launched version of the Exocet family. It features all weather capability, sea skimming flight, solid propellant and a high kill warhead.The missile has a range of 50 km, which enables the submarine to go into action while remaining out of enemy detection and weapon range. Flexibility and versatility are provided thanks to the system’s large launch envelope.Housed in a water-tight, highly resistant, propelled and guided underwater vehicle, the aerial missile is ejected as soon as it breaks the surface, to ensure a very low culmination altitude. It then rapidly homes into the target at sea skimming level: it uses an inertial navigation system followed by autonomous terminal guidance from an active RF seeker.







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U.S. Army fields advanced version of Stryker missile carrier From “Defence Blog”



The U.S. Army has begun fielding the M1253A1 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATVV-A1) combat vehicle, an advanced version of Stryker missile carrier. According to a tweet from Ronkainen, the Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division have begun fielding their recently received M1253A1 Stryker vehicles.The new M1253A1 is an improved version of armored fighting vehicles from the Stryker family of vehicles. This vehicle provides an anti-armor overwatch capability that allows the Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) to concentrate on the use of M1126 infantry carrier vehicles to deploy soldiers in a manner that is relatively fast and protected. – ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW – The ATVV-A1 features a new Precision Far Target Locator (pFTL), Image Enhancement (IE), HD color camera, and Upgraded TOW Missile Launcher (UTML).Improvement of M1253A1 provides a process to detect, identify and engage targets at 4.5+km.The M1253A1’s purpose is to provide the brigade’s main tank killing capability firing heavy anti-tank missiles to defeat enemy armored vehicles at range before the enemy tanks can return fire.The M1253A1 Stryker Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATVV-A1) assigned to the 3-61CAV, 2SBCT, 4ID, prepare for gunnery training. The Stryker ATVV-A1 featured upgraded launching system with optic improvements can engage targets at 4.5+km. https://t.co/QhuF0zHa9t pic.twitter.com/or2hDIpkBO— Ronkainen (@ronkainen7k15) May 2, 2021







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