- Iran defies White House and fires another missile
- ISIS Sinai affiliate claims responsibility for launching rockets at Eilat
- Palestinian wounds at least five Israelis in Petah Tikva terror rampage
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“Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior across the Middle East,” National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said of a recent previous test, calling it a violation of international law.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called the earlier test “unacceptable,” and her UK counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, warned that it was a sign Tehran had not moderated since world powers signed an international nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015.
"Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide and to the United States,” said John E. Smith, the acting sanctions chief at the U.S. Treasury Department. “We will continue to actively apply all available tools, including financial sanctions, to address this behavior.” The United States placed sanctions last Friday on 13 individuals and 12 companies involved in procuring technology for Iran’s ballistic missile program and that have ties with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force; the Trump White House is considering labeling the IRGC a terrorist organization.
The Sinai-based jihadists have close ties to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, with Egyptian authorities claiming that Hamas transformed Sinai Province from, in the words of one Egyptian official, “a gang of Bedouin with light weapons into a well-trained, well-armed group of 800 militants.” These close links have enraged the Egyptian government and army, which are frequently targeted by Sinai Province. The group has also on several occasions fired at Israel.
Hamas provides medical care to Sinai Province fighters and helps the ISIS affiliate smuggle weapons into Egypt, the Times of Israel reported in December. Arik Agassi reported for The Tower (The Israel Project's publication) in January 2016 that the alliance between Hamas and Sinai Province, which also includes funding and military training, serves as part of Iran’s plan to establish its hegemony across the Middle East.
The assailant lightly injured two bus passengers in their legs. A third person was also shot in their legs, the Times of Israel reported. Bystanders then attempted to subdue the shooter. A man told medical personnel that he had been stabbed in the neck while attempting to apprehend the assailant before police arrived.
The police later identified the shooter as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank. He used a Carl Gustav homemade machine gun, also known as the “Carlo”, which have been mass-produced in the West Bank and also used in previous terrorist attacks against Israelis.
A fifth person was injured in the chaos following the shooting when a mob mistook him for the suspect.