Studies

Shooting attack carried out by an ISIS supporter in Vienna (initial overview)

On the evening of November 2, 2020, a shooting attack was carried out against passersby in the Vienna city center by a young ISIS supporter. Four people were killed and over 20 were wounded. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. In the ITIC's assessment, this was not an ISIS, preplanned and orchestrated attack, but a local initiative. However, the perpetrator may have had accomplices in Austria or even outside the country.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to November 2, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: This past week the sharp rise number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued with 1,408 new cases. As of November 3, 2020, the number stood at 2,647, up from 2,080 on October 27, 2020. The situation in Judea and Samaria: This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in Judea and Samaria rose, with 2,330 new cases. As of November 1, 2020, there were 4,415 active cases, up from 4,389 a week ago. The number of deaths stands at 455, up from 417 a week ago. Despite the rise in infection, so far the Palestinian Authority
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Analysis of the new statement of ISIS spokesman following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain

On October 18, 2020, ISIS’s Al-Furqan Media Foundation released an audiotape of the organization’s spokesman Abu Hamza Al-Qurashi. The title of the tape is a verse from the Quran – “So narrate to them stories of the past, so perhaps they will reflect ”. In the 32-minute tape, the spokesman calls for the overthrow of the “tyrannical” rulers in Arab countries, following the normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to October 26, 2020)

The situation in the Gaza Strip: This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued to rise, and as of October 25, 2020, stood at 2,080, with 872 new cases. The situation in Judea and Samaria: The curve in Judea and Samaria continues flattening, but the number of active remains high and stood at 4,389 on October 25, 2020. This past week 2,510 new cases were detected. There are 41 patients in ICUs, eight on ventilators. Actually, the number of active cases is far larger than what is reported but they have not been detected because of the low number of tests.
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United States sanctions two of Hezbollah’s construction companies. Both are related to Jihad al-Bina, a major association in Hezbollah’s civilian infrastructure

On September 17, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on two Lebanese companies, Arch Consulting and Meamar Construction. According to the US Department of the Treasury, this is because these companies are owned, controlled or directed by Hezbollah. In addition to these two companies, sanctions were also imposed on Sultan Khalifah As’ad, a Hezbollah Executive Council official who is closely associated with both companies (US Department of the Treasury website, September 17, 2020).
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The Spread of Covid-19 in Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria (Updated to October 19, 2020)

This past week the number of active Covid-19 cases in the Gaza Strip continued to rise, and as of October 18, 2020, stood at 1,859, with 574 new cases detected.Despite the upward trend in the numbers, the Hamas administration continues easing restrictions, at the same time attempting to ensure that public health guidelines will be followed. Medical spokesmen voiced concern over the public's disregard for health guidelines and preventive measures, and warn that the virus may spread extensively. The public health system in the Gaza Strip has begun making preparations for the annual winter flu season along with Covid-19.
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