Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 18 – 24, 2019)

On December 20, 2019, the 85th return march was held in the Gaza Strip, with a level of violence similar to that of past weeks. Sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip has continued since the most recent round of escalation. Hamas and other organizations participating in the return marches have recently deliberated the continuation of the marches. In Judea and Samaria a broad terrorist network of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) was exposed.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 12-18, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, ISIS continues its intensive activity, mainly in the area of Al-Mayadeen, in the Euphrates Valley. In the Iraqi arena, ISIS continues its intensive activity, with an emphasis on the Diyala Province north of Baghdad. At the same time, ISIS’s provinces in Africa and Asia continued their routine activity.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 17-11, 2019)

On December 13, 2019, return march events were held in three locations in the Gaza Strip instead of the usual five. About 2,200 Palestinians participated, a relatively low number. The Palestinian and Arab media reported that deliberations were currently being held to determine the nature of future return marches. Isma'il Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, is currently heading a Hamas delegation visiting a number of foreign countries.
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Spotlight on Iran (December 1 –15, 2019)

Iran is continuing to try to minimize the impact of the ongoing protests in Iraq on Iranian interests in the country, and particularly economic interests. Against the backdrop of ongoing Iranian efforts to entrench its foothold in Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Iraqi border, Arab media outlets reported about recent strikes carried out against targets linked to Iran and pro-Iranian militias. A Lebanese news website reported about an unusual deployment of Hezbollah and forces linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force near the town of Rankous on the Qalamoon mountain range, north of Damascus, ahead of a possible revenge attack in retaliation to IDF strikes in Syria.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 5-11, 2019)

In the Syrian arena, local clashes continued between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations in the Idlib region, accompanied by airstrikes and artillery exchanges, with no significant change in the situation on the ground. In the Iraqi arena, ISIS has continued its intensive activity, mainly in the Diyala Province, north of Baghdad. The most common attacks were mortar shell fire, activation of IEDs, light weapons fire and sniper fire.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 4-10, 2019)

On December 6, 2019, the return march was renewed after a hiatus of three weeks. About 4,200 Palestinians participated. On December 7, 2019, three rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip. In response the IDF attacked Hamas targets. This past week a senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) delegation arrived in Egypt to discuss a lull arrangement. On December 9, 2019, Fatah called a general strike in the Hebron district to protest Israel's plan to build in the city's wholesale market.
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