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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 2 – 8, 2020)

Since understandings for a lull were reached on the night of August 31, 2020, the Gaza Strip has been quiet. In Judea and Samaria popular terrorism continued. This past week a combined ramming-attempted stabbing attack was carried out at the Tapuah Junction in Samaria (wounding an IDF soldier and Israeli policeman. This past week the Israeli Security Agency detained an Israeli citizen with an Israeli Bedouin mother and a Gazan father, suspected of having been recruited by the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing. He was instructed to place an IED at a bus stop at a major intersection in the center of Israel.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to September 7, 2020).

In the Gaza Strip the sharp rise in the active number of Covid-19 cases continued this past week. The Hamas administration has taken a variety of preventive measures, including a lockdown of the northern Gaza Strip and Gaza City, the two main epicenters of the disease. The spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza said that the spike continues to rise out of control. A delegation of Palestinian Authority (PA) ministers, headed by Mai al-Kayla, minister of health, entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez Crossing.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 26 – September 1, 2020)

The Hamas-initiated tension along the Gaza Strip border, which has continued for nearly a month, apparently came to an end this past week. On the night of August 31, 2020, after several rounds of mediation conducted by the Qatari representative, Hamas announced both sides had agreed to end the escalation and return to the status quo ante.According to the Lebanese and Palestinian media, the understandings reached included the following: the renewal of the fuel deliveries, the delivery of medical equipment necessary to deal with Covid-19, an increase in the amount of electricity, the full restoration of the fishing zone, and beginning the international "strategic projects" in the industrial zone.
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The Spread of COVID-19 in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (Updated to August 31, 2020)

Since the first four cases of Covid-19 were detected inside the Gaza Strip on August 24, 2020, there has been a significant increase in the number of new infections. On August 31, 2020, the total number of active cases stood at 280, 243 inside the Gaza Strip and 37 who returned from abroad. As of August 31, 2020 there have been four deaths. The number of active cases in the Palestinian Authority (PA) also rose this past week: 2,843 new cases were detected, up from 2,324 a week ago.
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The Spread of Covid-19 Inside the Gaza Strip; Balloon Terrorism Continues (Updated to August 27, 2020)

On August 24, 2020, four active Covid-19 cases were detected in one family the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. It was the first instance of coronavirus infection inside Gaza since the first case was detected on March 21, 2020. A short time later more cases were detected in various locations, and as of August 27, 2020, 40 active cases of Covid-19 had been detected inside the Gaza Strip.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 19 – 25, 2020)

This past week Hamas-initiated tension and the deterioration of the security situation in the Gaza Strip continued. The events focused on the launching of IED and incendiary balloons which daily cause dozens of fires near Israeli communities. On August 24, 2020 four active cases of Covid-19 were detected in the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip; all four were members of the same family. They were the first Covid-19 cases detected inside the Gaza Strip which were not brought in through the crossings. Will the worsening of the Covid-19 crisis in Gaza relax the current tension or increase Hamas pressure on Israel to the point of escalation? So far there is no answer.
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