Tel Aviv, Israel
At least three Hezbollah terrorists were killed on Saturday night in eastern Lebanon by a suicide bombing, apparently carried out by either Al Qaeda or Islamic State (ISIS) linked terrorists.
The attack took place in the village of Khreibeh near the Syrian border, reports the Lebanese Daily Star, and comes a day after three Lebanese army soldiers were killed in the Bekaa Valley.
Two soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb on Friday in the northeastern town of Arsal, which ISIS briefly captured last month establishing a foothold in Lebanon; just hours earlier Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front terrorists executed a captive soldier.
Lebanese army units on Saturday night have been attacking Syrian rebel positions around Arsal.
The rebels, who include members of Nusra Front and ISIS, are holding at least 21 Lebanese soldiers and police taken captive following their capture of Arsal, reports Daily Star.
Hezbollah, a Shi’ite proxy of Iran, has been fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria, which has squared them off against Syrian rebel forces - a policy that, as seen in the recent attack, has been coming home to roost in Lebanon.
Nusra Front is among the Syrian rebel forces that have recently captured the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights, extending their reach towards Israel and Lebanon.
Reports last Tuesday clarified that Nusra Front and other rebels have started entering Lebanon as well, clashing with Hezbollah in the Qalmoun mountain region.
Meanwhile Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, has expressed his fears of the ISIS “monster,” calling the fight with the group “a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as (ISIS) actions and objectives only serve Israel.”
The Hezbollah leader likewise called ISIS an “existential threat” to the Middle East.
An Israeli NGO is distributing urgent humanitarian aid to Christian and Yazidi refugees in Iraq’s Kurdish region, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Friday.
IsraAID is delivering mattresses, blankets, kitchen supplies, hygiene kits and clothes to the refugees, who have fled an ongoing assault by Islamic State (IS).
The American Jewish Committee is helping IsraAid cover the costs of the humanitarian packages, which is reportedly being distributed to thousands in the area.
Meanwhile, three car bombings and shelling in Shiite-majority areas of north Baghdad killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 50 on Thursday, security and medical officials said.
A suicide car bombing and shelling struck the Shiite shrine district of Kadhimiyah, while a car bomb exploded in the Tobchi area, the officials said.
There was no immediate claim for the attacks, but Sunni extremists, including those from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, frequently target members of Iraq’s Shiite majority, whom they consider heretics.
IS-led militants launched a major offensive in June, overrunning large areas north and west of Baghdad and sweeping security forces aside.
Iraqi federal forces, Kurdish fighters, Shiite militiamen and Sunni tribesmen are fighting to regain ground from the militants, backed by US air strikes.
Israeli windsurfer Maayan Davidovich on Friday won a bronze medal at the world championships.
Davidovich finished third in the overall ranking.
Iran sentenced the three men and three women who danced to Pharrell’s song “Happy” to one year in prison and 91 lashes. The judge suspended the sentences for three years, but if any of them are arrested again, the government can impose the punishment during that time.
“A suspended sentence becomes null and void after a certain period of time,” said the group’s lawyer Farshid Rofugaran. “When it’s a suspended sentence, the verdict is not carried out, but if during this period a similar offense is committed, then the accused is subject to legal punishment and the suspended sentence will then be carried out as well.”
The video was uploaded to YouTube and has over 1 million views. Authorities were notified of the video in May when the video was viewed 150,000 times. Police chief Hossein Sajedinia said the video was “vulgar” and “hurt public chastity.” Under Iran’s laws, all women “must cover their hair and wear loose-fitting clothing meant to preserve their modesty” and people cannot dance “with members of the opposite sex.” The internet is also filtered in the Muslim country.
The six actors said they were tricked into making the video for an audition. One female said the producers promised the actors the video would not be published.
"They told me they are making a feature film and they had a permit for it," said one of the male actors. "They said those things and they fooled me."