- This past week no rocket hits were identified in Israel’s south. In Judea and Samaria violence continued, most of it associated with the so-called popular resistance. In the north, an IDF soldier was killed by a Lebanese army soldier on the Israeli-Lebanese border in the region of Rosh Haniqra.
- The extreme weather conditions in the Middle East caused serious damage in the Gaza Strip (flooding, buildings destroyed, and damage to agriculture) and made it necessary to evacuate thousands of Gazans from their homes. Hamas provided aid and asked for help from Arab and international agencies in an attempt to relieve the distress in the Gaza Strip.
- The emir of Qatar responded to Hamas’ request and rushed fuel and other assistance to the Gaza Strip. The aid from Qatar entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing and was praised by the Gazans and a spokesman for the de-facto Hamas administration. Israel opened the Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday (when it is normally closed) to allow the delivery of fuel, gas, water pumps and humanitarian equipment.
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