|Hamas launches missiles toward the sea 'in warning to Israel'|
|[Jpost] Hamas fired several missiles toward the Mediterranean Sea on Monday morning in a warning to Israel that calm along the border with the Gaza Strip will not last.|
The rockets, at least eight of them, were a “message” to Israel that armed groups “would not remain silent” in the face of the continued blockade and “aggression,” a source close to Hamas was quoted as saying by AFP.
Millions of dollars in aid payments by Qatar and an unofficial ceasefire have been key to maintaining quiet in the South, which has been relatively calm in recent months.
Two weeks ago, the Qatar Committee for Reconstruction of Gaza announced it would pay its monthly assistance of $100 each to 100,000 families.
The uptick in violence is believed to be due to Hamas’s concern that Qatari might not continue past September.
The rocket fire came hours after the IAF struck Hamas observation posts in northern Gaza near Beit Hanun in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into southern Israel over the course of the day.
Dozens of incendiary and explosive balloons have been launched into the South in recent days. The Israel Police has defused explosive devices attached to balloon clusters, including in Arad, some 80 km. from Gaza.
On Monday, several fires and explosions in the South were believed to be caused by incendiary and explosive balloons.Last Thursday, the IDF launched retaliatory strikes against targets in northern Gaza in response to balloons that ignited several fires in the South.
“During the day, explosive balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement last Thursday. “In response, a short while ago, an IDF fighter jet and an IDF aircraft struck infrastructure used for underground activities of the Hamas terrorist organization in the northern Gaza Strip.”
The firing of the missiles on Monday by Hamas came as tensions continue to rise along the southern border, reportedly due to concerns that the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the terrorist group could collapse.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Gaza’s second-most-powerful group, threatened on Sunday that Israel “will bear the consequences of anything that happens to the residents or farmers [of Gaza] as a result of the escalation.”
The warning came after the IDF fired smoke shells into Gaza to evacuate civilian workers who had been working on the perimeter fence and were targeted by gunfire near Kissufim.
Soldiers hurried to the scene of the incident. They and the workers were unharmed.
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|Hundreds ‘ambush' Tampa police responding to report of shots fired, 2 officers injured, chief says|
|[FoxNews] Two Tampa police officers were injured early Saturday after a crowd of hundreds surrounded a group of officers in an "ambush," the Tampa police chief said.|
Officers were responding to a report of shots fired and a possible gunshot victim at an intersection near the Ybor City neighborhood around 1 a.m., Chief Brian Duggan told reporters Monday. A crowd of hundreds was at the scene when police arrived.
As offices searched for a possible victim, Duggan said the hundreds of people blocked all four ends of the intersection and became aggressive. The crowd surrounded officers, threw bottles and glass, and jumped on a police vehicle. Officers could not locate a victim.
"It's an ambush. I have no other way to describe it,” Duggan said. “When there are that many people out there and clearly no one had been shot. It was just a set up to get the cops there."
One officer was hit in the head with an object and suffered a small laceration and swelling, police said. The officer was treated and released from the hospital. A second officer who was hit in the head with a glass bottle is also expected to be OK.
Aerial footage from the scene shows a crowd surrounding officers at an intersection and officials can be heard over audio saying that an officer had been struck with a bottle. At one point, a large group of the crowd can be seen running away down the street.
“There were hundreds of them,” Dugan said, referring to the crowd. “Hundreds. We actually ended up having to call every single police officer that was available that night to respond there, from New Tampa to South Tampa.”
Duggan said that over 100 officers responded to the scene. One person was arrested.
Responding to a question on department morale during this time of heightened anti-police sentiment, Duggan said the pressure currently on police officers is “incredible.”
“Just by doing your job, whether you’re right or wrong, it doesn’t matter right now,” he said. “No one is listening. Any justified action is getting twisted.”
|Nasrallah threatens US, protesters amid economic turmoil - Explainer|
|[JPost] Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech on Tuesday threatening to kill anyone who tries to take away Hezbollah’s weapons. "To anyone who gives us the option of dying with our weapons or of starvation, I say that the weapons will remain in our hands and we will not go hungry, we will kill you. We will kill you." The harsh rhetoric exceeded the usual boasting by Hezbollah and was a direct threat to the US and internal Lebanese protesters that any pressure on Hezbollah will be met with violence. Hezbollah is angry that US sanctions on Syria are harming the economy in Lebanon and that there are voices who think Hezbollah should stop maintaining itself as an armed force within Lebanon.|
Cry me a river
The long speech was reprinted at Iran’s Fars News and was tweeted online in translation by expert David Daoud. The speech was wide ranging and touched on several key topics. He began by memorializing a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader named Ramadan Shallah who died on June 7. Islamic Jihad is supported by Iran and Hezbollah. It has been the source of attacks on Israel over the past years and Israel has targeted its members. Nasrallah said Palestinians are under threat of Israeli annexation and must unify. He spoke about unifying the Islamic "ummah" in the face of Israel and that Shi’ites and Sunnis should work together. Iran and Turkish leaders have also said this in recent weeks.
Because they've gotten along so well over the last 1300 years
Hezbollah wants to try to unite Shi’ites and Sunnis under its banner to fight the US and others. This was clear from the speech. Nasrallah fears sectarianism or a return to civil strife. Hezbollah, it must be remembered, emerged during the civil war in Lebanon and emerged stronger after it. Hezbollah took credit for Israel’s withdrawal in 2005 and then murdered the Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafic Hariri in 2005. In 2008 it clashed with protesters in Beirut and took over Beirut in a show of force. Since then it has held the presidency hostage, maneuvered its people into the presidency and Prime Minister’s office and sent forces to fight in Syria and to Iraq. Hezbollah now wants to be the arbiter of Lebanon’s future and it knows that sectarian strife can undermine that.
|Abbas eulogizes jihad terrorist on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List who once lived in Tampa|
|[JihadWatch] Ramadan Shallah |
...on the FBI’s Most Wanted list as Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallahwas "a colleague at [convicted jihad terror leader] Sami al-Arian’s Paleostinian think tank in Tampa who later emerged as the head of the Paleostinian in the Middle East."
How did a man like that get into the United States in the first place? By taking advantage of the fact that no one would have dreamed of asking him about his religious views; to have done so would have been "Islamophobic."
"Paleostinian Leader Eulogizes Monster on FBI’s ’Most Wanted Terrorist’ List," United With Israel, June 7, 2020 (thanks to the Geller Report):
Paleostinian Authority (PA) Presidenteulogized the leader of the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad terror group, who died on Saturday night two years after he was struck by a powerful stroke.
Abbas referred to Ramadan Abdullah Shallah as "a great national figure," TPS reported, in comments delivered to the arch-terrorist’s family.
|Former Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah finally moves on to a warmer place|
|[Jpost] A former leader of the Paleostinian group Ramadan Shallah has died after battling illness, al-Manar TV reported on Saturday. |
Shallah, 62, served as secretary general of the Iran-backed group from 1995 to 2018. al-Manar did not specify the exact nature of the illness.
Labelled a terrorist organization by the United States, and others, the group has waged attacks on Israel and aims to establish an Islamic Paleostinian state.
"By losing Shallah we lost a great national man," said Paleostinian President in a statement published by the Paleostinian official news agency WAFA.
Shallah was born in in 1958 and studied in Egypt before earning a Ph.D in economics in the United Kingdom. He was elected head of Paleostinian Islamic Jihad after the killing of the group's former chief, Fathi Shiqaqi, in 1995.
Shalah was appointed head of the terror group after the assassination of his predecessor, Fathi Shikaki in Malta, which was widely attributed to Israel. He was succeeded by Ziad al-Nakhala in 2018.
In 2003, Shalah was among eight Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives indicted in the United States on 53 terrorism and racketeering counts for running a cell out of Tampa, Florida. Though four suspects were arrested, Shalah was overseas and charged in absentia.
The US Department of Justice, in a statement on the indictment at the time, underlined the terror group’s role in suicide bombings that killed scores of Israelis, and at least two Americans, 20-year-old Alisa Flatow and 16-year-old Shoshana Ben-Yishai.
In April 2018, Shalah was transferred from Damascus, where he lives, to a hospital in Beirut after suffering a series of heart attacks, a source close to the group told the Palestinian Quds Press news agency. Shalah has been unconscious since undergoing surgery at the Beirut hospital, the report said.
Although the source attributed the Islamic Jihad leader’s deteriorating health to “natural causes,” the Palestinian Authority embassy in Beirut believed there’s a possibility Shalah may have been poisoned.
|Soleimani ‘personally oversaw transfer of arms to Gaza Strip,’ Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) General Secretary Ziyad al-Nakhalah says|
|Gaza-#Israel hostilities flare through 2nd day with rocket attacks, air raids|
As ceasefire takes hold, Islamic Jihad vows new rounds of violence
[IsraelTimes] Terror group spokesperson blames Israel for violence as shaky truce appears to hold and south returns to routine, claims its rocket barrages were coordinated with Hamas.
A spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad vowed to continue fighting against Israel, shortly after a ceasefire went into effect Tuesday ending two days of clashes between Israel and the Gaza-based terror group.
“This isn’t the final round with the occupation,” said Abu Hamza, spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades, the terror group’s armed wing.
“The fire of the struggle over the land of Palestine will burn despite all the conspiracies,” Abu Hamza said in a statement.
Over the course of Sunday and Monday, terrorists in the Strip fired over 90 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel. Some 90 percent of the projectiles heading toward populated areas were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, according to the Israel Defense Forces, though one managed to slam into a playground in Sderot, and falling shrapnel caused damage elsewhere. There were no serious injuries on the Israeli side.
The IDF retaliated to the attacks with several rounds of airstrikes against the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, as well as a rare publicly acknowledged attack against the group’s facilities near the Syrian capital Damascus late Sunday night, in which two members of the terrorist organization were killed.
In his Tuesday statement, Abu Hamza said the group had acted with Hamas’s approval and cooperation.
|Palestinians respond to coronavirus|
|Just kidding: Rockets fired towards southern Israel|
[JPost] - At least 8 rockets were fired towards southern Israel Monday afternoon after a night of deadly retaliatory airstrikes against targets belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in Syria and throughout the Gaza Strip following rocket fire towards southern Israel throughout the evening on Sunday.
|Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence, wound two others|
|[Aljazeera] A Palestinian has been killed by Israeli forces and two others were wounded as they tried to retrieve his body in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local media reports.|
The incident took place near the separation fence east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the coastal territory, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Sunday.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) faction named the deceased as Mohammed Ali al-Naim, 27, and said he was a member of the organisation.
The Israeli military said troops shot dead a Palestinian who was suspected of placing a bomb near the fence.
In a statement, the army said it "spotted two terrorists approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and placing an explosive device adjacent to it".
"The troops opened fire towards them. A hit was identified," it said.
|Israel claims air strikes near Syrian capital Damascus|