ISRAEL

Military targets Hamas site

in Gaza after rocket strike

Israel carried out an airstrike against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip early Saturday, calling it retaliation for a rocket blast from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel on Friday.

The Israeli military said it had targeted a "Hamas terror infrastructure site." Blasts were reported in the Khan Yunis area of Gaza, where Hamas reportedly trains militant loyalists. Israel "will not permit any attempt to undermine the security and jeopardize the well-being of the civilians of Israel," Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, Israel Defense Forces spokesman, told reporters after the airstrike.

It was the first Israeli airstrike on Gaza since the IDF and Hamas fighters battled for 50 days over the summer, killing more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, plus 66 Israeli soldiers and six civilians. There were no reports of casualties from either the rocket fired from Gaza or the government airstrike.

The European Union's general court last week ordered Hamas removed from the group's list of terrorist organizations, citing technical errors in the designation process, a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized. - L.A. Times
NIGERIA

35 insurgents die in battle

At least 35 Nigerian Islamist insurgents were killed in a battle Friday with security forces in the northeast town of Damboa. "The Boko Haram attacks on Damboa began before Friday prayers and most of them died from the gun battle," Haruna Ibrahim, a member of a vigilante militia, which fights alongside the military, said by phone Saturday. "We went to the scene this morning mopping up with soldiers and dead bodies were spread everywhere, I counted 35 of them." In a separate attack Friday, the northeastern town of Damagun in Yobe state was raided by insurgents, who burned the local police and fire stations, Musa Muhammad Damagun, a resident said by phone from the town. - Bloomberg
IRAQ

U.S. soldiers fight militants

U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported Saturday, as Kurdish forces advanced in the north. The U.S. troops were from al-Assad military base, Police 1st Lt. Muneer al-Qoud said by phone. U.S. Central Command is looking into the reports, a spokesman said. - Bloomberg