Week ending 20 May 2018

RUSSIA: Putin met with Assad in Sochi according to the Kremlin. Putin told Assad that foreign troops will be withdrawn from Syria considering the success in fighting terrorism, and that the Syrian situation is favorable for the start of a “political process”.

IRAN: (Ruptly) Protesters burnt US and Israeli flags as hundreds assembled in front of the former US Embassy building in Tehran on Wednesday, to rally against the recent wave of Israeli killings that has claimed the lives of at least 60 Palestinians since Monday, during unrest related to the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem.

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ISRAEL: Israeli forces shot dead two more Palestinians and over a hundred were injured on Tuesday, although protests were quieter than the previous day (see previous report). It appeared that many protesters had gone to mourning tents rather than back to the scene of Monday’s bloodshed, according to Reuters.

INDONESIA: A bomb attack occurred at Surabaya Police headquarters Monday morning, just a few hours after a bomb prematurely went off in Sidoarjo, East Java, late on Sunday. Bomb attacks on three churches occurred in the city earlier in the day, which Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

According to The Jakarta Post, as of Monday afternoon, the number of fatalities had risen to 25 people, 13 of whom were the suicide bombers, while dozens suffered from injuries. The church attacks on Sunday morning killed 12 people.

ISRAEL: The last two months of riots at the Israel-Gaza border have all been leading up to May 15, or “Nakba Day”, when Hamas is planning a mass infiltration into Israeli territory. The official Facebook page of the riots in Gaza published photos, directing rioters to breach the border security fence and infiltrate nearby Israeli communities. IDF jets distributed leaflets over Gaza warning citizens against approaching the security fence, attempting to sabotage it or to carry out terror attacks.

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Israelis clashed with Palestinian worshipers on Temple Mount in East Jerusalem on Sunday morning following reported provocation in the lead up to an emotional week in the Holy Land.