Israel uncovers Hezbollah tunnels in the North

  • Posted on: 6 December 2018

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Earlier this week on Tuesday, ISF announced that a cross-border Hezbollah tunnel has been destroyed as part of the Operation Northern Shield. This was the first tunnel ISF has discovered to destroy tunnels crossing the “Blue Line,” the border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel published by the United Nations in June 2000 to verify that Israel had fully withdrawn from Lebanon.

Tensions in Syria intensify after failed ceasefire deal

  • Posted on: 2 December 2018

On September 17, 2018, Russian and Turkish presidents agreed to create a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib along the line of contact between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition. The agreement fell apart following a chemical attack targeting Aleppo and reigniting clashes between Turkish-backed rebel forces in Idlib and the Syrian Army supported by Russian forces. 

Idlib Chemical attack. (Nov. 24, 2018)

Israel evicts 700 Palestinians from East Jerusalem

  • Posted on: 22 November 2018

On November 21, 2018, Israel's High Court of Justice rejected a petition filed by residents of Silwan neighborhood on Wednesday, authorizing the right-wing Ateret Cohanim organization to continue evacuating 700 Palestinians from East Jerusalem's Silwan. Palestinian house deeds were transferred to the Benvenisti Trust by Israel’s Justice Ministry in 2002 claiming it purchased the land in the late 1800s to settle Jews arriving in Palestine from Yemen.

Political Turbulence in Israel after Gaza Ceasefire

  • Posted on: 19 November 2018

Last Sunday, Nov 11, 2018, an undercover Israeli unit involved in a covert operation was intercepted by Hamas members in Gaza. This incident triggered deadly clashes that left seven Palestinians and one ISF agent dead. This later evolved into a firefight in which Hamas fired more than 400 rockets and mortars towards Israel in 48 hours and the Israeli military fired around 160 airstrikes targeting several areas within the Gaza Strip.

Trump Administration reimposes sanctions on Iran

  • Posted on: 6 November 2018

US sanctions on Iran officially resumed on Monday, November 5, 2018, three years after being lifted by the Obama administration as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions came back into full effect Monday morning, bringing crippling economic burdens on Iran’s oil, banking, shipping, and other sectors. U.S. sanctions which are aimed at more than 700 Iranian entities and individuals are expected to have dire consequences on the country’s economy.

Egypt attack: Gunmen kill seven Coptic Christians in bus ambush

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018

On Friday, Nov 2, 2018, Islamist gunmen killed at least seven Coptic Christian pilgrims and wounded at least sixteen in Egypt. Bringing an almost one year of calm to an end, the attack occurred as two buses carrying pilgrims left the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor, 85 miles south of Cairo, in Egypt’s Western Desert.

Jordan’s former counter-terror chief Habis Al-Hanini shot dead

  • Posted on: 24 October 2018

On October 23, 2018, Jordan's former counterterrorism chief General Habis al-Hanini was shot dead outside his home, according to medical and security sources. Al-Hanini was killed around 7 pm (16:00 GMT) on Tuesday in the city of Madaba, around 30km Southwest of the Jordanian capital, Amman.

According to the spokesperson of the Jordanian public security directorate, the gunman fled the scene successfully which drove the Jordanian security and intelligence forces to form an investigative team to follow up on the case.

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