The Yarmouk refugee camp: Overview on the eve of the Syrian army attack on the southern neighborhoods of Damascus controlled by ISIS, according to satellite images

On April 19, 2018, the Syrian army launched an attack to take over the south Damascus neighborhoods controlled by ISIS. ISIS’s two important strongholds are the Yarmouk refugee camp, taken over by ISIS about two years ago, and the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighborhood, south of the camp. The Yarmouk refugee camp is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.

After taking control of eastern Al-Ghouta, the Syrian army launched a campaign to take over the southern suburbs of Damascus from ISIS. The takeover of these suburbs will continue to consolidate the Assad regime’s control of the Damascus region

On April 19, 2018, the information unit of the Syrian army announced the launching of the campaign to liberate the areas controlled by ISIS in southern Damascus. After around two weeks of preparations, the operation began with artillery fire and airstrikes against ISIS’s headquarters, outposts, weapons and supply routes in the Yarmouk refugee camp and in Al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood west of the camp.

Hamas activist Fadi al-Batsh killed in Malaysia

On April 21, 2018, two masked assailants shot Fadi al-Batsh to death in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Fadi al-Batsh, 35, a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, was an electrical engineer and a lecturer at the British-Malaysian Institute of the Kuala Lumpur University. According to a Malaysian newspaper, he was also an expert in the construction of rockets, active in Islamist groups in Malaysia and a Hamas activist.

Initial Analysis of the Identities of Gazans Killed During the “Great Return March” on March 30 and April 6, 2018

During and after the events of "great return march" that began on March 20, 2018, between 32 and 34 Palestinians were killed (as of April 11, 2018). Most of them have been identified as terrorist operatives affiliated with Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

The “Great Return March” Events of April 13, 2018

Hamas and the organizers of the events will apparently make an effort to preserve the tension along the border at least until May 15, 2018 (Nakba Day). Friday, April 20, 2018, has been designated as "the Friday of the shaheeds and prisoners," a subject close to the hearts of many Palestinians. That may succeed in motivating more demonstrators to go to the border fence and may also motivate the residents of Judea and Samaria to hold their own events.

Events of the “Great Return March” along the Gaza Strip border

After two months of preparations, on March 30, 2018 (Land Day) events of the "Great Return March" began.

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