Weekly News Summary February 1-7

Israel allegedly attacks Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria:
On Thursday, airstrikes killed 23 fighters in Syria. Syria claims that Israel is behind the strikes. The IDF has thus far not released any official comment.

The fighters who were killed were Syrian, Iranian, and members of Iranian-backed groups. Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a Syrian army source as saying that two Israeli strikes had targeted Damascus early Thursday morning, and AFP correspondents reported loud explosions shortly thereafter.

Mounting tensions in West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza:
On Thursday morning, a terrorist rammed a vehicle into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem, injuring 12 of them, including 1 seriously. Later in the day, a terrorist opened fire on officers on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and wounded one in the arm before he was shot dead in response. In the afternoon, another terrorist opened fire in the West Bank on soldiers in a drive-by shooting, injuring one officer. 

Also on Thursday, a PA officer was killed by IDF sniper fire while on base, and despite posing no threat. The IDF said circumstances around the shooting were unclear. In another incident, a Palestinian Police Cadet was killed, apparently by mistake, while the IDF was attempting to subdue a riot that broke out as they demolished the home of a man convicted of a terrorist attack.

Hundreds of additional IDF soldiers were deployed to the West Bank region on Thursday, and on Friday thousands of police forces were deployed to the Old City in Jerusalem.