After Lebanese rockets are fired across the border, Israel responds by firing back with around 20 shells. Some observers say it's a sign that instability in Lebanon may be intensifying.
Lebanon's Hezbollah has escalated the Mediterranean race for offshore gas and oil, threatening Israel and saying America is "not an honest broker." At issue is Lebanon's offshore search, which is disputed by Israel.
Israel has struck what it referred to as Iranian targets inside Syria in "large-scale" raids. The operations come after an Israeli warplane crashed under fire from Syrian air defenses.
The recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria have sparked concerns of a direct confrontation between Israel and Iran. DW spoke with Middle East expert Gil Murciano about the conflict, and Germany's potential role as mediator.
The sanctions have been imposed to limit Iran-backed Hezbollah's finances and rein in Tehran's influence in the Middle East. The US is hoping the sanctions will help squeeze out Hezbollah financer Adham Tabaja.
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