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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 8 – 14, 2018)

This past week events focused on the fifth round of escalation between Hamas and the IDF, during which Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip launched approximately 180 rocket and mortar shells. The fifth round of escalation and the "return march," which was held as usual on Friday, clearly illustrated Hamas' determination to continue its policy of controlled violence, implemented since March 30, 2018.
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The fifth round of escalation between Israel and Hamas, August 8-9, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, there was a fifth round of escalation between Hamas and the IDF. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations fired about 180 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli territory. The IDF responded with extensive attacks on Hamas' infrastructure and assets. During and between the rounds of escalation (end of May to August 9, 2018), more than 610 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory.
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Video published by the organizers of the “return marches” shows Gazan youths sent into Israeli territory and entering an abandoned IDF post, knowingly risking their lives

During the Friday, August 3, 2018 "return march" a number of Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip crossed the security fence, threw an IED and Molotov cocktails near the fence, and then went back (IDF spokesperson, August 3, 2018). The Palestinian media reported that a number of Palestinians had crossed the fence and successfully entered an [abandoned] IDF post. According to the reports, some of the Palestinians took IDF equipment from the post (Dunia al-Watan, Shehab, August 3, 2018).
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As part of the Hamas summer camps, children and youths undergo military and paramilitary training at the military wing’s outposts and facilities

As part of the summer camps for children and youth that are held annually, this year Hamas also organized summer camps at facilities and outposts of the Hamas military wing throughout the Gaza Strip. The camps opened on August 6, 2018, and are called Pioneers of the Liberation. The camps are held in two sessions (morning and evening). The instructors are military operatives, members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and the participants are children and youths, some of them in uniform, mainly the older ones.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Aug 1 – 7, 2018)

The Friday, August 3, 2018 "return march" was attended by more than 8,000 Gazan demonstrators and rioters. They clashed with IDF forces and threw an IED and Molotov cocktails. In the meantime, attempts continue to reach an agreement between Israel and Hamas negotiated by Egypt and Nikolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East. Another complication making it difficult to reach an agreement is the position taken by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
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The “Return March,” Aug 3, 2018

The slogan of the Friday, August 3, 2018, "return march" was "loyalty to the shaheeds of Jerusalem – shaheed Muhammed Tareq Yusuf" (the terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack in the community of Adam on July 26, 2018, killing an Israeli civilian). Beginning around noon, more than 8,000 Gazans gathered at the five "traditional" locations along the border fence.
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