Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 28 – April 10, 2018)

On March 30, 2018, Gazans began the events of the "great return march." In Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem there were limited protests and riots despite Land Day and the "great return march." In popular terrorism as well there was no exceptional escalation caused by the events in the Gaza Strip
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 22-28, 2018)

The Syrian forces took control of most of eastern Al-Ghouta and are completing its takeover from the rebel organizations. In the north, the Turkish army and the Syrian forces supporting it are completing the takeover of the Afrin enclave. In addition to the fighting being waged by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, its supporters abroad continue to carry out ISIS-inspired attacks in Western countries, proving that the jihadi ideology and the ISIS brand are still highly attractive.
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Spotlight on Iran (March 18 – March 28, 2018)

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, used his annual speech on the occasion of the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) to justify, once again, Iran’s regional involvement. The growing dissatisfaction in Iran due to the obstacles placed by Baghdad and Damascus, which are frustrating Tehran’s efforts to cement its economic influence in those countries, has now manifested in Friday sermons as well. Tehran continues to apprehensively monitor the improvement in relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia against the backdrop of the looming visit of the Saudi crown prince to Baghdad.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 21 – 27, 2018)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are carrying out intensive preparations for the "great return march." During preparations for the "great return march" Hamas has allowed a controlled increase in tension with Israel. On March 25-26, 2018 Hamas' military wing held a broad exercise in the Gaza Strip. In ITIC assessment, the exercise was held to send a message of deterrence to Israel, saying that Hamas was prepared for escalation that might occur during the "great return march."
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (March 15-21, 2018)

In eastern Al-Ghouta, the Syrian army continued to attack the three enclaves of the rebel groups, whose territory is shrinking. According to Syrian sources, around 75% of the area of eastern Al-Ghouta has been taken over by the Syrian Army. On March 18, 2018, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish army and the Syrian forces cooperating with it had completed the takeover of the city of Afrin, in northwestern Syria. Kurdish fighters from the SDF forces have moved from the lower Euphrates Valley to the enclave of Afrin in order to take part in the fighting against the Turkish army.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (March 14 – 20, 2018)

This past week two deadly terrorist attacks were carried out killing a civilian and two IDF soldiers. In the northern Gaza Strip a number of IEDs exploded near the border security fence. Preparations continue for the "great return march.
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