The Weekly Edition

February 18, 2024 to February 24, 2024

Armed conflicts and attacks

A high-altitude balloon is detected over the Western United States, prompting the deployment of fighter aircraft to intercept the object. The origin and purpose of the balloon are unknown, according to U.S. officials. (BBC News)

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukraine claims responsibility for the downing of a Russian Beriev A-50 over Krasnodar Krai, Russia, which is their second downing of an A-50 this year. (Kyiv Independent) (Business Insider)

Military aid to Ukraine during the Russo-Ukrainian War

Sweden donates its largest military aid package to Ukraine to date with a further $680 million in aid. (Reuters)

Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Two-state solution

The Cabinet of Israel adopts a resolution opposing unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, following comments from France and the United Kingdom stating that they would consider unilateral recognition. (The Times of Israel) (Wall Street Journal)

Channel 12 reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will restrict Palestinian citizens of Israel's access to the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan due to security concerns. (The Times of Israel)

Ethnic violence in Papua New Guinea

At least 64 people are killed during inter-tribal fighting between the Ambulin and Sikin tribes near Wabag, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. (France 24)

Moro conflict

Six soldiers and three Dawlah IslamiyahMaute Group militants are killed in a series of military encounters in Munai, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. (Anadolu Agency) (The Philippine Star)

Democratic Republic of the Congo–Rwanda tensions

Rwanda rejects the United States' calls to withdraw troops and missile systems from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, citing threats from an alleged Congolese military build-up near the border. (AP)

Mexican drug war

Twelve gunmen are killed in a shootout with the Mexican Army in Ciudad Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas. (AP)

Red Sea crisis

The Houthis claim to have shot down a United States MQ-9 Reaper drone in the Red Sea. (Fox News)

Myanmar civil war

The Pa-O National Liberation Army claims that shelling by the Tatmadaw has killed seven refugees in Hsi Hseng. (Radio Free Asia)

Iraqi conflict

Reports emerge that clashes between rival Shia militias, primarily Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq and Saraya al-Salam, have killed at least 200 fighters across Iraq in the past two months. (The Medialine)

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Israel–Hamas war

Forty people are killed and 100 others are injured in Israeli airstrikes against residential buildings in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. (Al Jazeera)

Spillover of the Israel–Hamas war

2024 Ma'ale Adumim attack

One Israeli is killed and 11 others are seriously injured in a shooting attack by three Palestinians near the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the occupied West Bank. Two gunmen are killed by Israeli soldiers, while a third is injured and arrested. (The National News) (Times of Israel)

Red Sea crisis

A Palau-flagged cargo ship en route to Egypt is set on fire after being hit by an anti-ship missile in the Gulf of Aden, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations. No casualties are reported. (AP)

War in Sudan

The World Food Programme releases a report stating that more than 95% of Sudan's population cannot afford a meal a day. (Barron's)

War in Amhara

An Ethiopian airstrike kills at least 15 people and injures more than 20 others in North Shewa, Ethiopia, with many of the victims fleeing clashes between Fano and the Ethiopian government. (Reuters) (The East African)