Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 16-22, 2020)

Compared with last week, in the Gaza Strip the number of active Covid-19 cases increased to 9,574 and the percentage of positive test results is 23.8%; in Judea and Samaria the number of active Covid-19 cases decreased slightly to 13,379 and the percentage of positive test results is 25.6%. The lull in the Gaza Strip continues. In Judea and Samaria an Israeli civilian was murdered in northern Samaria (possibly in a terrorist attack). A shooting attack targeted a police security post in a gate of the northern Temple Mount.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 16-10, 2020)

Routine attacks continued in ISIS’s various provinces in Syria, Iraq and throughout Africa and Asia. Noteworthy examples: Syria: Clashes continue between ISIS and the Syrian army and forces supporting it in the desert region in eastern Syria. Iraq: ISIS’s intensive activity in northern and western Iraq continued, in the form of sniper fire, mortar shell fire, and attacking positions and compounds of the Iraqi security forces. The Sinai Peninsula: ISIS’s activity in northern Sinai continued, in the form of activating IEDs, targeted killings, and sniper fire. Somalia: ISIS released a video vehemently attacking Al-Qaeda and its affiliated Al-Shabaab movement. Afghanistan: ISIS fired 10 rockets, claiming that they were aimed at the military part of Kabul International Airport.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 15-9, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip the number of active Covid-19 cases reported by the ministry of health is 8,723. However, the real number is apparently higher (for reasons including the low number of tests administered). In Judea and Samaria the rise in the number of active cases continues and currently stands at 14,696. This past week Palestinians rioted against the Israeli security forces in the village of al-Mughayir, located northeast of Ramallah. Mahmoud Abbas continues his visits to Arab states.
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Spotlight on Iran (November 29, 2020 – December 13, 2020)

The recently appointed Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Faysal al-Miqdad, arrived for an official visit in Tehran. In light of growing criticism in Iran arguing that the volume of trade between Iran and Syria and Iraq is insufficient, the Iranian Organization for Trade Development published updated data concerning the volume of Iranian exports to Syria. The Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, confirmed in a television interview that the commander of the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Esmail Qa’ani, recently visited Iraq and met with senior Iraqi officials. The Reuters news agency reported about Iran’s efforts to expands its influence in the religious sphere in Iraq, though the development of the Shia holy sites in Iraq.
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Spotlight on Global Jihad (December 3-9, 2020)

Routine attacks continued in ISIS’s various provinces in Iraq, Syria and throughout Africa and Asia. Noteworthy examples: Iraq: ISIS operatives continued their attacks, in the form of activating IEDs, sniper fire, targeted killings, and attacks on the Iraqi security forces and their facilities. Syria: ISIS’s guerrilla attacks continued in the Euphrates Valley and in the desert region of eastern Syria, mainly in the form of activating IEDs, targeted killings, and firing light weapons at vehicles.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 2-8, 2020)

In the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria the number of active Covid-19 cases continues to rise sharply. As of December 8, 2020, there were 10,091 active cases in Gaza and 14,894 in Judea and Samaria. Those are the minimum numbers because the actual numbers seem to be far higher. The Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip has begun to signal a loss of control. This past week as well the Gaza Strip remained quiet. In Judea and Samaria, however, Palestinians rioted in the village of al-Mughayir, northeast of Ramallah, and in the Qalandia refugee camp.
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