News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 25 – 31, 2013)

[1] Following the closing of the crossing, Jamal al-Khudari, head of the Popular Committee against the Siege, accused Israel of using collective punishment against the Gazans, whose humanitarian conditions were dire in any case (Filastin Al-'Aan, December 24, 2013). 
[2] As December 31, 2013. The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.
[3] The statistics do not include mortar shell fire.
[4] On December 23, 2013, Israeli released Samer al-Issawi after he had been on a hunger strike for 210 days. He is a DFLP terrorist operative sentenced to 26 years in prison for terrorist activities and released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. After violating the terms of his release he was detained again. He comes from the village of Al-Issawiya in east Jerusalem, where a mass reception was held for him on his release, attended by senior figures in the PA and armed operatives of the DFLP. It was reported that Mahmoud Abbas called to congratulate him on his release (Qudsnet website, December 23, 2013).

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