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Rockets Fired at Israel From Syria

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19 Nov 2019 (All day)
Rockets Fired at Israel From Syria
IDF units in the northern part of the country were on high alert Tuesday following the interception by the Iron Dome air defense system of four missiles which had been fired from inside Syria over the Golan Heights towards the Galilee region in the early morning hours. The incident occurred while IDF units in the south remained on alert following rocket attacks directed at Beer Sheva from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Monday. Meanwhile, units deployed along the border with Lebanon were also closely monitoring the possibility of spillover from the escalating street demonstrations rocking that country.

Members of Lebanon’s national parliament were physically prevented from entering the capital building in Beirut on Tuesday morning, even as confrontations including live gunfire were reported between protesters and security forces in several cities around the country.

Iran Sanctions Waivers Cancelled as Protests Rage
The US State Department announced on Monday that it is cancelling one of four sanctions waivers that allowed foreign firms to cooperate with Iran's civilian nuclear program without penalties, specifically the waivers related to the nuclear facility at Fordow, which Iranian officials recently said would be re-activated for the purpose of enriching uranium. Also on Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that the Islamic Republic’s supply of heavy water has surpassed what it’s authorized to have under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. The announcements came as Iranian cities remained under a harsh security lockdown following recent riots to protest unpopular new tax increases on gasoline and other grievances.

The protests, which began on Friday afternoon and have reportedly resulted in over 100 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage in several cities, had subsided by Tuesday morning according to security officials. However, videos streamed on social media sites showed intense demonstrations late into Monday evening including violent clashes between protesters and security forces, despite a warning by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) that a harsh crackdown would ensue if the protests continued.

Here is a video of protests in Iran



Clock Ticking on Knesset Coalition Talks
As the clock ticks down to a midnight Wednesday deadline for Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to form a governing coalition, MKs from the 55-member bloc of Rightist and Orthodox parties have put heavy pressure on Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman to drop his objections to joining a coalition led by Likud leader and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lieberman has met with leaders of both parties in recent days in an apparent effort to bridge the gaps between them and bring about the formation of a unity government, but at press time no breakthroughs had been reported with both large parties blaming the other for the impasse.

Argentina and Uruguay Play Friendly Match in Israel
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Monday when the national football (soccer) teams from Argentina and Uruguay played a friendly match at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium. The stadium was filled to its capacity with 25,000 cheering fans, who expressed their excitement as the two legendary teams ended the game tied 2-2.

Today’s video shows highlights of one of Israel’s most prestigious universities