Sunday News Briefs from Eretz Yisrael



IDF officers involved in counter-terrorism efforts throughout Yehuda and Shomron arrested five suspects on motzei Shabbos.


Partly cloudy skies and unseasonably cool temperatures predicted for Sunday.


JERUSALEM: Major fire department drill simulating forest fire near Har Adar and the Harel Mall involving regular and aerial firefighting forces.


Arab media reported the al-Yarmouk Brigade in the Golan Heights region handed over the four Philippine UN peacekeepers kidnapped last week


The IAF on motzei Shabbos downed a drone after a malfunction was detected in one of its motors. The drone was taken down, to crash land into the sea and it pieces were recovered by military personnel.


The EU Foreign Ministry is meeting to decide if EU forces serving in UNIFIL in S. Lebanon should be withdrawn in light of the situation along the border between Israel, Syria and Lebanon.


Lebanese media is reporting IAF helicopter gunships in S. Lebanese airspace.


Opposition leader MK Shelly Yacimovich met in Ramallah with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) urging him to restart talks with Israel in line with US efforts promoting the talks.


A total of 462,000 working days were lost in 2012 from Israel’s economy due to strikes, a treasury report documents. This figure represents a downward trend as compared to 2011. During 2012, there were 24 strikes involving 169,000 workers.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)