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The Daily TIP: Iran’s IRGC-Quds Force Launches Missiles into Syria over Parade Attack

Posted by Tip Staff - October 01, 2018

Iran’s IRGC-Quds Force Launches Missiles into Syria over Parade Attack
TIP Senior Fellow: Capture of Critical Red Sea Port Crucial to Deterring Yemen's Iran-Backed Rebels
U.S Envoy Greenblatt: We Will Not “Subsidize Anti-Normalization” Efforts Against Israel
Innovative Israeli Software Allows for Better Monitoring Unstable Blood Pressure

Iran’s IRGC-Quds Force Launches Missiles into Syria over Parade Attack

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Monday that it had launched at least six ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants the paramilitary force blames for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran, in order to "convey a clear message to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Israel.”

The Jerusalem Post reported that the incident shows that the Islamic Republic is prepared to strike wherever it pleases. The launch was Iran’s second such missile attack on Syria in over a year.

One missile shown on state television carried the slogans "Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to Al Saud," referring to Saudi Arabia's royal family. The missile also bore in Arabic the phrase "kill the friends of Satan," a verse in the Quran which calls for war against infidels.

Iranian state television and the state-run IRNA news said that the IRGC’s Aerospace Force had fired the missiles in the middle of the night. The devices flew 570 km, crossing from Kermanshah in Iran over northern Iraq into Syria where Tehran says they struck areas east of the Euphrates near Al-Bukamal.

"This is the roaring of missiles belonging to the Revolutionary Guards of the Islamic Revolution. In a few minutes, the world of arrogance—especially America, the Zionist regime and the Al Saud—will hear the sound of Iran's repeated blows," the state TV's reporter said as the missiles launched behind him.

The launch comes after Iran had blamed the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia for the attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Sept. 22 that killed at least 25 people and wounded over 60. Arab separatists, as well as the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault.

However, a statement released by the IRGC claimed that, based on evidence from the Ahvaz attack, the terrorists in eastern Syria were supported and guided by the U.S. in line with "satanic" plans of the White House, the Zionist regime, and a regional power, a reference to Saudi Arabia.

The statement added that the IRGC was prepared for any further steps by Iran's enemies.

TIP Senior Fellow: Capture of Critical Red Sea Port Crucial to Deterring Yemen's Iran-Backed Rebels

An end to the conflict in Yemen can only be found through the capture of the port of Hodeidah by Coalition forces, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels failed to attend peace negotiations in Geneva, TIP Senior Fellow Julie Lenarz argued in an op-ed published in Reaction on Thursday.

“Iran’s use of Yemen as a southern gateway to attack Gulf states via Houthi missile attacks, primarily aimed at the UAE and Saudi Arabia, has been one of the most concerning developments of the conflict,” Lenarz said. “Their ability to wage proxy war on the region, which has seen nuclear power plants, civilian airports and oil tankers all targeted, may well be curtailed by the capture of Hodeidah.”

The Coalition offensive in and around the strategic port has restarted in earnest, following a hiatus in fighting to allow UN peacekeeper Martin Griffiths a chance to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. According to Lenarz, it is now clear that the Houthis used the grace period to “significantly strengthen and further entrench their forces” in Hodeidah.

“Ending Houthi control of Hodeidah must be a first priority to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people and provide new momentum for finding a long-term solution to the conflict,” Lenarz observed. “With the failure of peace talks, critics of the offensive have yet to suggest an alternative.” She explained that 70% of Yemen’s aid is channeled through the port, as well as illicit weapons shipments from Iran.

“The removal of the Houthis’ ability to illegally import arms and heavy weaponry from Iran via the port will add a further incentive for the Houthis to finally take peace talks seriously, ending a military lifeline that has enabled them to prolong the fighting,” Lenarz charged. “Only the retaking of strategic Houthi positions in and around Hodeidah by the Coalition can force their hands, finally bringing the rebels to the table and in time end this destructive conflict,” she concluded.

Since taking control of the port city in October 2014, “the insurgency group has been found time and again to mismanage vital humanitarian deliveries in order to serve their selfish political ends,” Joshua S. Block, CEO & President of TIP, wrote in an op-ed published in The Jerusalem Post on August 18.

He noted that the Iranian-backed rebels have blocked aid deliveries, threatened volunteers and blocked the transfer of wounded civilians in what Block called “a cynical infringement of basic humanitarian law.” Block added: “It is therefore imperative for the UN to take this lifeline out of Houthi control.”

U.S Envoy Greenblatt: We Will Not “Subsidize Anti-Normalization” Efforts Against Israel

The United States will no longer give funding to Gaza that empowers the Islamist terrorist organization Hamas or fund Palestinian incitement towards Israel, the U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, said on Thursday in New York at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

JNS reported on Sunday that Greenblatt told the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, which consists of countries and institutions coordinating global financial aid to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, that “The United States will not use the hard-earned tax dollars of its citizens to subsidize anti-normalization” efforts against Israel.

Greenblatt called the boycotts campaign against the Jewish State “a failed political philosophy” and vowed that “We will not fund a situation that empowers Hamas, an unrepentant terrorist organization.”

The White House’s envoy continued: “We have had enough of the status quo. We have had enough of Hamas diverting funds donated by the generous, well-meaning countries sitting around this table, and using those funds for illicit activity.”

Greenblatt added that “We have had enough of Hamas taking all of our and your generous donations to the Palestinians, and then failing to provide even the most basic services—safe water, electricity and hospitals to those who they purport to govern.”

Greenblatt is part of a team currently formulating a yet to be released Middle East peace plan, which the Palestinians are boycotting. U.S. President Donald Trump has heralded the plan as “the deal of the century,” while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas derided it as the “slap of the century.” The PA and Abbas have previously defied other efforts of the administration to facilitate peace with Israel.

The administration has criticized Abbas and the PA for blocking peace efforts. Since becoming president, Trump has repeatedly called on the PA to stop incitement to violence. The PA has consistently refused to tone down its rhetoric or end the “Pay to Slay” program that incentivizes terror against Israel.

Innovative Israeli Software Allows for Better Monitoring Unstable Blood Pressure

VitalMiner, a new software system to measure hemodynamic instability – unstable blood pressure – in intensive-care patients is hailed as a potential lifesaver by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where it is being piloted.

“Earlier prediction of physiological deterioration of patients by using ‘smart’ monitoring software and machine learning algorithms will save lives and enable better informed resuscitation of the critically ill and injured,” said Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Prof. Victor F. Garcia, founding director of the hospital’s trauma services and a professor of surgery and pediatrics.

VitalMiner was developed by Prof. Mark Last from the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in collaboration with Garcia and pediatric surgeon Prof. Raphael Udassin at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Preliminary findings from three hospitals suggest that VitalMiner may predict hemodynamic instability several hours before current state-of-the-art monitors, with up to 6% better sensitivity and up to 13% better specificity. Advanced algorithms catch problems even before symptoms appear – a critical window if clinical intervention is to be successful.

The system can be used in emergency rooms, intensive care transports, home intensive-care services and military hospitals. The software connects to existing vital signs monitors as well as the ICU’s clinical information system.

The next step is to find a commercialization partner, explained Netta Cohen, CEO of BGN Technologies, the university’s technology-transfer arm. “We are certain that this important invention will not only help save lives, but also shorten the length of ICU stay, thus lowering hospitalization costs.”

BGU’s collaborations with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital began in 2012 and have already resulted in seven projects (out of 210 submitted for consideration) selected to receive up to $100,000 in the first round from both institutions.

Last year, the startup company Xact Medical was established based on a product that emerged from the collaboration.

(via Israel21c)

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