The Palestinian Islamic Jihad

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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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Gazan rioters again held "return march" events at the Israel-Gaza border. It was the 29th consecutive Friday since the marches began on March 30, 2018. This past Friday about 15,000 Gazan participated (about 5,000 fewer than on October 5, 2018). They rioted, hurling dozens of hand grenades and IEDs at the Israeli security forces. About 20 rioters tried to cross the fence into Israeli territory. Four approached an IDF post and were shot and killed.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 4 – October 9, 2018)

two Israeli civilians were murdered in a shooting attack carried out by a Palestinian terrorist in the Barkan industrial zone in Samaria. The murderer fled the scene and the Israeli security forces are still pursuing him. In the Gaza Strip, "return march" events continue on Fridays and protests are held during the week. On October 8, 2018, a mass riot was held near the border in the northern Gaza Strip. The military-terrorist wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) held a mass military display in Gaza City, where it exhibited its weapons, including "a new type of rocket" whose specifications were not given.
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Summary of Events Along the Gaza Strip Border

As they have every Friday since March 30, 2018, on October 5 Gazans held "return marches" along the Gaza Strip-Israel border. About 20 thousand Gazans participated in riots, throwing stones and burning tires. They also threw hand grenades and IEDs at the Israeli security forces. Several rioters tried to cross the security fence into Israeli territory.
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Spotlight on Iran (September 20, 2018 – October 7, 2018)

In response to an attack that took place on September 22 against a military parade in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, on the night of October 1, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) launched six ballistic missiles toward the Albu Kamal region in eastern Syria. Iran and Russia continue to deliberate regarding Syria. Iran is accelerating its efforts to expand its economic influence in post-war Syria. In Iraq, Iran made gains in the competition with the United States surrounding the formation of a new government in Baghdad. Iran welcomed the election of Ziad Nakhala as the new Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (September 17 – October 3, 2018)

The trend toward escalation continues in the Gaza Strip, with an increase in the frequency of riots and propaganda events and in the level of their accompanying violence. The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip continues to deteriorate. In internal Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) elections, Ziyad al-Nakhalah was chosen as the organization's new secretary general. He replaces Ramadan Shalah, who had been in a coma since April and is hospitalized in Lebanon.
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