Iran refuses entry to UN nuclear watchdog envoy

Iran nuke mapAn Iranian official says Tehran has denied entry into the country to a member of an International Atomic Energy Agency delegation.

The semi-official Fars news agency quoted Reza Najafi, Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog, as saying that Iran had a sovereign right to deny a visa to a delegation member.

Najafi did not identify the person, but said he was not an IAEA inspector and had a “particular nationality.”

Iran in the past has refused to let in agency inspectors who have Western nationalities. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Iran still seeking nuclear arms, opposition group says

Iran-nuke-map2-150x150Dissidents claim nuclear facilities moved to conceal location; Rouhani says P5+1, Iran agree on principles for final deal, but gaps remain over the details

Iranian dissidents said that Tehran is still researching nuclear arms at facilities it relocated to escape detection

The Mujahedin-e Khalk, or MEK, cited Iranian government sources it did not identify. It said Wednesday that Iran’s Organization of Defensive Information and Research, or SPND, moved its most sensitive weapons research to a new Tehran location “in recent months.”

It said Mohsem Fakhrizadeh, whom it described as a Revolutionary Guard brigadier general, leads the SPND.

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Israel sending aid to fight Ebola spread

MashavAfter providing medical supplies and psychological support, Israel will send three mobile emergency Ebola treatment units to high-risk countries.

In response to urgent pleas from the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the US government and other countries, Israel is sending more than a million shekels’ worth of medical equipment, as well as expert personnel to fight the spread of the African Ebola epidemic that has claimed 3,400 lives since March and has infected almost 7,200 people.

Gil Haskel, deputy director general of MASHAV-Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry, tells ISRAEL21c that many international groups – includingIsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid — are already working in the affected countries of West Africa to treat patients stricken by hemorrhagic fever caused by the virus.

Earlier this week, Israel’s Defense Ministry told the US and UN that it could not fulfill a request to send IDF field hospitals to Liberia and Sierra Leone, out of concern for the safety of Israeli health workers. MASHAV is answering a different but just as pressing need: prevention.

“Our idea was to exercise Israel’s experience in emergency preparedness in countries that border on those already struck with the epidemic, so as to prevent Ebola from spreading further into Africa,” Haskel explains.

“We have experience in mobile clinics and mobile emergency centers, and that’s where we want to lend our assistance. We decided we’ll be more effective in preventing further spread.”

Within the next two weeks, MASHAV will ship three mobile emergency Ebola treatment units, equipped to handle the first cases that may be discovered, to the three countries deemed at highest risk of infection. Those countries will be selected in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, he says.

“We are constructing the units in accordance with WHO standards and preparing them to be sent out by sea,” Haskel says. “We hope they’ll be received sometime in November.”

Each 10-bed unit will be accompanied by an Israeli team including technicians to construct them and train local personnel how to run them, and a doctor and a nurse under the auspices of the Health Ministry. They will train their African counterparts to educate at-risk populations on how to prevent the spread of the disease.

Continue reading at Israel21c.

2 Israeli soldiers wounded on Lebanese border in fresh clash


Two Israeli soldiers were wounded in an explosion next to a tank near the border with Lebanon Tuesday afternoon, setting off the second border clash in the area in three days.

The two soldiers were injured when an explosive device went off in the Shebaa Farms area, also known as Har Dov, the Israeli army said in a statement.

The army said the bomb was “activated against them during activity along the Israel-Lebanon border.”

“Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers,” the statement read.

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