Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Late at night, Gazan fighters affiliated with the Salafi group Ajnad Bayt al-Maqdis fire 4 rockets toward Israel. All fall short of the border except 1, which lands in an open area in s. Israel, causing no damage or injuries. In a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, the group explains that it was hoping Israel would retaliate against Hamas, which has been suppressing Salafi groups in Gaza over the past year. Israeli Air Force (IAF) jets launch retaliatory air strikes on Hamas military sites in c. and s. Gaza, causing damage. Separately, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers and shepherds working in 4 separate areas along Gaza’s border, causing no injuries. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Gaza City, causing damage to 1. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 3 Palestinians during latenight raids nr. Nablus and Ramallah, and patrol during the day nr. Hebron. (MNA, WAFA 5/25; HA, JP, MNA, WAFA 5/26; PCHR 5/27; PCHR 6/2)

Yisrael Beytenu chair Lieberman signs a deal with Israeli PM Netanyahu to bring his party’s 6 mbrs. of Knesset (MKs) into the ruling coalition. Lieberman will be sworn in as DM the following week. (HA, JP, TOI, USSD, YA 5/25; ALM, REU 5/26)