Chronology-Arab-Israeli Conflict

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Chronology-Arab-Israeli Conflict


See also Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories

Jan. 16: Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip wounded a woman and four children. Israel claimed the strikes were in retaliation for five Palestinian rockets fired from Gaza the previous night by Islamic Jihad. [AFP, 1/16]

Jan. 20: An Israeli air strike injured two Palestinian civilians, including a 12-year- old boy. The Israeli military said recent air strikes in Gaza targeted a militant whom it claimed was responsible for rocket fire against southern Israel the previous week. [Guardian, 1/20]

Jan. 22: Israel arrested three Palestinian members of an al-Qa'ida cell in East Jerusalem. The men were allegedly preparing to carry out large-scale bombing and shooting attacks on multiple Israeli targets, including a large conference center in Jerusalem and the US embassy in Tel Aviv. [BBC, 1/22]

Feb. 5: Israeli officials approved building plans for 558 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, drawing international criticism and threatening peace talks with the Palestinians. Israel announced plans for 5,349 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since peace talks resumed in July. Israeli authorities also demolished three Palestinian homes that they said were built without permits in occupied East Jerusalem, displacing five families. [Reuters, 2/5]

Mar. 12: Militants from Islamic Jihad fired more than 60 rockets from Gaza into southern Israel in the most intense barrage since a 2012 cease-fire agreement. Israel retaliated with air strikes on 29 targets across Gaza. No injuries were reported from the attacks on either side of the border. Islamic Jihad militants said the attacks were in response to an Israeli air strike the previous day that killed three of its members. [NYT, 3/12]

Mar. 18: A bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-claimed Golan Heights, and Israel responded with artillery strikes on Syrian army positions, killing one and injuring seven. No party claimed responsibility for the attack. [BBC, 3/18]

Mar. 19: Israel approved building plans for 184 new homes, to be constructed in two Jewish settlements in the West Bank. …

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