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Posted by Tip Staff - April 09, 2018

U.S. Officials: Israel Informed Administration Ahead of Syria Strike
Under Cover of Smoke, Palestinians Attempt to Breach Israeli Border during Hamas-Led Riots
Syria Says that Strike against Air Base Housing Iranian Forces was Carried Out by Israel
Israeli Companies Ready to Market Portable EKG Monitors

U.S. Officials: Israel Informed Administration Ahead of Syria Strike

Two United States government officials told NBC News that Israel informed the Trump administration prior to its attack against the Tiyas airbase in Syria, Haaretz reported Monday.

Prior to the report, Russia and Syria had initially blamed Israel for the attack, which reportedly killed 14 military personnel belonging either to Iran's armed forces or its proxy forces.

While Israel has not officially acknowledged launching the attack on the base that is thought to house members of Iran's military and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "Security in the present is a necessary condition for security in the future and what we have here today is a powerful expression for our future security." Though Netanyahu was in the southern Israeli city of Sderot when he made the remarks, The Times of Israel characterized his words as "apparently referring to the dual threats Israel faces in the north and in the south."

IRGC-related media has announced the names of four "military advisers" who were killed in the strike on the Tiyas airbase, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, Seyyed Ammar Mousavi, Akbar Javar-Jannati and Mehdi Lotfi-Niasar. Dehghan was initially identified as being involved in the drone division of Iran's air force. However, news organizations later removed any reference to his involvement in drone warfare.

In February, Israel reportedly struck the Tiyas airbase following the incursion of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace.

Under Cover of Smoke, Palestinians Attempt to Breach Israeli Border during Hamas-Led Riots

Some 20,000 Palestinians demonstrated in five locations along the Israeli-Gaza border on Friday, in what Israel described a Hamas-orchestrated riot to breach the security fence and infiltrate into Israel.

The Times of Israel reported that demonstrators threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence and burned hundreds of tires and scraps of wood. The IDF also thwarted attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke from the riots. In the thick of the smoke, the Israeli military shot a Palestinian journalist who was wearing a press vest.

Israel said it opened fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted terrorist attacks. Hamas, the Islamist terrorist group which is in complete political and military control of the Gaza Strip, is seeking to use the riots as cover to carry out violence.

“The IDF views with great severity the Hamas terror organization endeavors to turn the security fence parameter into a combat zone while attempting to damage security and defense infrastructure,” the army said in a statement Monday.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, 31 Palestinian have so far been killed in the riots which erupted two weeks ago. Israel so far has not provided an official death toll, but confirmed that the army had positively identified several of the casualties as terrorists. The men were members of Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Brigade.

Syria Says that Strike against Air Base Housing Iranian Forces was Carried Out by Israel

The overnight air strikes against a Syrian air base, which came on the heels of a deadly chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb, have been attributed to Israel by Syria, and, one of its patrons, Russia, The Washington Post reported Monday.

If true, it would be the second attack by Israel against the air base in recent months. In February, following the incursion of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace, Israeli war planes struck at a number of Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria, including the Tiyas, or T-4, air base located in Syria's Homs province.

According to the Post, the suspected Israeli strike comes "as tensions rise over possible U.S. military action in Syria in response to an alleged chemical strike near Damascus late Saturday."

The attack was said to have been carried out by two Israeli F-15s which flew over Lebanon and launched their missiles at the air base, without entering Syrian airspace.

Russia termed the overnight strike against the T-4 airbase as a "dangerous provocation," while denying that its ally and client carried out the deadly chemical weapons attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in the United Kingdom, said that 14 people, mostly from Iran's military or its proxy forces, were killed in the airstrikes.

Initially the Iranian news agency PressTV blamed the air strikes on the United States, suggesting that they were in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack.

Israeli Companies Ready to Market Portable EKG Monitors

If your doctor orders an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) to check your heart rhythm and blood flow or to diagnose a heart attack, a technician will stick 10 or 12 adhesive electrodes to your chest, arms and legs. A computer then creates a graph showing the electrical impulses moving through your heart while you’re lying still or exercising.

That’s how an ECG is done today. Advanced wearable technologies from Israel aim to change the procedure radically.

With CardiacSense and HealthWatch, all you’ll have to do is put on a watch-like device or a special shirt and the ECG takes care of itself while you go about your day.

Founded in Caesarea as Sportracker in 2009 to develop a watch-like wearable device for sports heart-rate readings, the company pivoted to medical monitoring about three years ago and rebranded as CardiacSense. Clinical trials at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in 2016 showed the device achieves 99.9% sensitivity and 99.01% specificity, on par with a conventional ECG but with the major advantage of noninvasive, electrode-free continuous monitoring.

HealthWatch in Kfar Saba has pending orders for the soon-to-launch Master Caution, an FDA- and CE-approved digital garment embedded with 12-lead ECG monitoring electrodes. The upcoming new model will be AI-based, with automatic analysis and event detection benefiting both patients and caregivers.

The smart digital garment also supports FDA-approved sensors to measure parameters such as heart rate, skin temperature, posture and respiration.

(via Israel21c)

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