Perpetual Traveller Political Security Watch - Week 22

  Perpetual Traveller Political Security Watch - Week 22

There is no rest-bite in the murky world of Politics where Israel and Turkey are dominating the Headlines! Here is the Perpetual Traveller Political Review of the Political landscape for Week 22.

Troops kill Palestinian in Hebron car-ramming attempt
Israeli troops shot and killed the Palestinian driver of a vehicle who attempted to run over soldiers stationed near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. No soldiers were injured in the failed attack. Israel has seen regular car-ramming attacks since 2015 and local tensions have been heightened by recent violence along the Gaza-Israel border.

Gaza militants fire tens of rockets, mortar shells towards south
Militants fired tens of rockets and mortar shells towards southern Israel throughout the day on 29 May and continued until the early hours of the morning. The army said that over 70 mortar shells and rockets were fired on 29 May, with media reports indicating that at least 40 more targeted Israeli territory during the night. Projectiles were fired towards the Eshkol, Sha'ar Hanegev, and Sdot Negev regions, according to Israeli media reports. Three Israeli soldiers and one civilian were wounded by shrapnel from the projectiles. A further two individuals were lightly injured while running to shelters during rocket sirens in the town of Sderot. The Gaza-based militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for the strikes. The military said it carried out tank and air strikes on more than 50 militant targets in Gaza in response to the barrage of mortar shells and rockets. There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Palestinian side. The escalation came after an uptick in incidents along the Gaza border in recent days, with several attempted border breaches and Israeli strikes on militant positions in the Strip.

Army kills Hamas militant in Gaza in response to gunfire
The army said it shelled a Hamas observation post in the Gaza strip, killing one person and wounding another. Hamas' military wing claimed the slain man as a member. The strikes came after Israeli troops were fired at from across the border while arresting two Palestinians who had breached the Gaza fence into Israel, the military said. Palestinian media said that the shelling targeted the Beit Lahia district in the northern Gaza Strip.

Army discovers explosives-laden drone from Gaza
The army said it discovered an explosives-laden drone that was launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in Israeli territory. The drone was found in Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council several days ago, the army added, without specifying the exact date of the discovery. The drone was flown over the border with the intention to injure Israeli troops patrolling in the area, the military added. The announcement comes amid heightened tensions along the Gaza border, after the army killed at least 61 Palestinians protesters on 14 May. The Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups respectively claimed that 50 and three of the slain individuals as their members, although it is not clear whether they were armed when they were killed.

Turkey: Presidential and Parliamentary elections
Presidential and Parliamentary elections will take place on 24 June 2018; this may result in rallies and demonstrations around the country; you should avoid large gatherings and follow the advice of the local authorities.