The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Profile of Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the New Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader

On September 28, 2018, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) spokesman Da'ud Shehab announced the election of Ziyad al-Nakhalah as secretary general. Al-Nakhalah, the organization’s third leader, replaced Ramadan Abdallah Shalah, who has been in a coma for the past six months (following a series of strokes).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 24 – October 29, 2018)

The "return march" riots of October 26, 2018, were particularly violent, Seven Palestinians were killed during the events. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), using the excuse of protecting the demonstrators, launched about 40 rockets and mortar shells. On October 28, 2018, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked three Gazans who approached the security fence. A spokesman for the Palestinian ministry of health said they were three adolescents aged 13 and 14
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On Friday, October 26, 2018, another “return march” was held in the Gaza Strip with the participation of 16,000 demonstrators and rioters. The night after the riots a massive barrages of rocket and mortar shell fire attacked the Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip (close to 40 rockets and mortar shells). The rocket fire continued throughout the night and into the following day. Several people were treated for shock. The IDF responded by attacking about eighty Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) military targets.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 17 – October 23, 2018)

The "return march" events of this past Friday, October 19, 2018, were relatively less violent because Hamas was concerned about a response to the rocket fire attacking Israel. Thus despite the prevention of a military escalation after the rocket fire attack, the situation on the ground may still deteriorate as a consequence of the methodical violence orchestrated by Hamas. During visits of mediators from Egypt, Hamas leaders repeatedly declared that the "return marches" would continue until the "siege" of the Gaza Strip had been lifted. In Judea and Samaria stabbing attacks continue.
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On October 17, 2018, two rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. One, with a large warhead, hit a house in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba and caused extensive damage. In response Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Despite the Israeli threat, the "return march" activities of Friday, October 19, 2018, were held as usual. About 10,000 Gazans participated, who were requested by the organizers not to approach the security fence. Israel responded to the decrease in the violence by opening the Erez and Kerem Shalom Crossings on the morning of October 21, 2018.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 10 – October 16, 2018)

This past week events in Judea and Samaria focused on two stabbing attacks. In the Gaza Strip the level of violence remains high. A group of about 20 Palestinians tried forcibly to penetrate into Israeli territory during the "return march" on Friday, October 12. This past week IDF forces exposed a tunnel in the central Gaza Strip penetrating into Israeli territory. It was to be used for terrorist attacks inside Israel.
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