Weekly Updates

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (August 5 – 11, 2020)

The Gaza Strip border is becoming more violent, with IED and incendiary balloons launched into Israeli territory almost daily. Most of the balloons have landed in the region of the Israeli communities near the border, causing fires. The balloons were launched by a number of designated networks affiliated with Hamas and the other terrorist organizations operating in Gaza. In response to the IED and incendiary balloons IDF aircraft carried out several attacks on Hamas posts and facilities in the northern Gaza Strip.

Spotlight on Iran (July 26, 2020 – August 9, 2020)

On the night between August 2-3, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) fired on a cell that attempted to place improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in an Israeli-controlled enclave on the eastern side of the border fence separating Syria and Israel. Military sources in the city of Daraa in southern Syria reported that Russian Military Police and Syrian forces loyal to Russia have recently applied pressures that led to a reduction in the presence of pro-Iranian militias in the region, and in the nearby Quneitra governorate, bordering Israel. Iran issued a statement of condemnation following reports that an American energy company, the Delta Crescent Energy, signed a deal to export oil with the Kurdish-led autonomous administration of north east Syria. Senior Iranian officials expressed solidarity with the Lebanese people following the Beirut Port explosion, and expressed willingness to assist Lebanon.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 30 – August 5, 2020)

The wave of terrorist attacks called "raids of attrition" which began on July 22, 2020, ended on July 31. 2020. During its ten days more than 100 attacks were carried out (similar to the previous wave, between May 14 and 24, 2020). The largest number of attacks was in Iraq, which continues to be ISIS's main arena of activity. Most of the attacks were routine (detonating IEDs, attacking military facilities and camps, sniper fire, executions).

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 29 – August 4, 2020)

This past week a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. It targeted the southern city of Sderot. In Judea and Samaria no significant popular terrorism attacks were carried out, but the daily throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli vehicles continued. At the weekly Palestinian government meeting PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh announced that the PA stood by the termination of its relations with Israel and its refusal to accept tax revenues. In Judea and Samaria the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 5,993 (as of August 3, 2020), most of them in the Hebron district.

Spotlight on Global Jihad (July 23-29, 2020)

The ceasefire is being maintained in the Idlib region of northern Syria, but there has been an increase in the intensity of the incidents between the Syrian army and the rebel organizations. On July 22, 2020, ISIS launched a synchronized wave of attacks known as the Raids of Attrition, (which has not yet ended). The most notable was a large-scale combined attack in the northern Sinai Peninsula, near the village of Rabi’a, west of Bir al-Abd (near the coastal highway, about 30 km from the Suez Canal). Another notable attack carried out as part of the Raids of Attrition was the killing of a senior Syrian Military Security operative in Daraa by an ISIS suicide bomber.

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 22 – 28, 2020)

This past week the Gaza Strip remained relatively quiet. In Judea and Samaria a mosque was set on fire and Hebrew graffiti were written on the walls. Isma'il Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, said that as part of the "deal of the century" Hamas had been offered $15 billion for the construction of a sea port, and airport and other economic projects.

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