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  • November 3, 2006

    In ongoing operations in Bayt Hanun, the IDF overnight fires tear gas, stun grenades, exchanges gunfire with Palestinian militants in al-Nasir Mosque, sending bulldozers in to demolish parts of...

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  • November 2, 2006

    In Gaza, the IDF continues major operations in Bayt Hanun, rounding up Palestinian men ages 16–45 and driving them outside of town for questioning (detaining 15, releasing the others), clashing...

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  • August 26, 1994

    PNA formally accepts early empowerment accord. (WT 8/28)

    Israeli Military Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Doron Almog says that if PNA cannot control Hamas, IDF will reenter Gaza, carry out military...

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In ongoing operations in Bayt Hanun, the IDF overnight fires tear gas, stun grenades, exchanges gunfire with Palestinian militants in al-Nasir Mosque, sending bulldozers in to demolish parts of the structure, prompting some gunmen to surrender. During the day the IDF fatally shoots 2 Palestinian women, wounds around 40 who are part of a group of 2,000 women heeding Hamas’s call to position themselves outside the mosque as human shields; the IDF claims that wanted gunmen were hiding among the women; some 60 gunmen inside the mosque escape; the IDF bulldozes the entire mosque. (Later, 1,000 Palestinian women march outside Egypt’s diplomatic mission in Gaza City, denouncing Israel’s actions and calling for Egypt’s intervention.) During the day, the IDF also expands operations to Bayt Lahiya and Jabaliya r.c., killing at least 9 Palestinians (including 4 Hamas mbrs., 2 Palestinian medics in an ambulance), shelling areas, making at least 1 air strike destroying a Palestinian home; makes an air strike on a car in Gaza City (assassinating Hamas mbrs. Muhammad Farhat, Tamir Hillis, Imad Mushtaha) and on a car in Rafah (assassinating Hamas mbr. Ahmad Abu Humayd); bulldozes 19 d. of Palestinian land e. of Gaza City; fires on farmers who stray near the border fence outside al-Maghazi, wounding 1; conducts a series of late-night air strikes in Rafah. A Palestinian wounded in Bayt Hanun clashes on 11/2 dies. Palestinians fire at least 5 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bethlehem (demolishing a Palestinian home, killing 1 Palestinian; raiding and searching a hospital), Nablus (killing 2 Palestinians including 1 civilian), Tulkarm. A Palestinian wounded nr. Bethlehem on 11/2 dies. (NYT, WP, WT 11/4; NYT 11/5; PCHR 11/9)

In Gaza, the IDF continues major operations in Bayt Hanun, rounding up Palestinian men ages 16–45 and driving them outside of town for questioning (detaining 15, releasing the others), clashing with militants, killing 2 Palestinian gunmen, 2 civilians, wounding another 20 Palestinians; 2 IDF soldiers are lightly injured; a 4-yr.- old Palestinian dies of injuries received on 11/1; some 60 Palestinian gunmen take refuge in the 850-yr.-old al-Nasir Mosque, which is quickly surrounded by the IDF. Late in the evening, the IDF conducts air strikes in n. Gaza on Palestinians allegedly preparing to fire rockets, killing 2 Palestinians. Palestinians fire several rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, hitting an Israeli home, lightly wounding 2 Israelis. In the West Bank, the IDF raids an elementary school in Hebron while classes are in session, firing tear gas, percussion grenades, injuring 15 children; sends undercover units into Tulkarm in a car with Palestinian license plates to arrest 3 wanted Palestinians; conducts other arrest raids in al-Saf nr. Bethlehem (demolishing the home of a wanted Islamic Jihad mbr., firing on stone-throwing Palestinians who confront the troops, killing 1 Palestinian, wounding 5) in Nablus (fatally shooting 1 Palestinian civilian), Ramallah, Tulkarm. (NYT, WT 11/3; PCHR 11/9)

PNA formally accepts early empowerment accord. (WT 8/28)

Israeli Military Cmdr. Brig. Gen. Doron Almog says that if PNA cannot control Hamas, IDF will reenter Gaza, carry out military operations. Arafat protests remarks. (Maariv, MM 8/26; QY, VOP 8/27 in FBIS 8/29)

Hamas says it will talk with PNA if detained Hamas mbrs. are released, says early empowerment agmt. doesn't contradict Hamas' fight against Israel. Arafat welcomes call. (VOL 8/26, QY 8/25, 8/26 in FBIS 8/26)

IDF wounds 2 Palestinians, puts curfew on Hebron after demonstration; puts partial closure on Ramallah, closes Gamal `Abd al-Nasir mosque for 2 days to prevent disturbances. (QY 8/26 in FBIS 8/26)

2 Israelis knifed to death nr. Tel Aviv on 6-mo. anniversary of Hebron massacre. Hamas claims responsibility, vows 2 more attacks before end of year. IDF detains 118 Palestinians for questioning. (QY 8/27 in FBIS 8/29; NYT, WP, WT 8/28; CSM 8/29; JP 9/3)

Israeli F Min. states there are no official contacts with Iraq, Israel supports U.S. policy of keeping Iran, Iraq in check; says any initiatives by Israelis are on a personal level only. (Israeli Government Press Office 8/26 in FBIS 8/29)

Yehoshafat Harkabi, former head of Israeli military intelligence (1955-59) who supported recognition of Palestinians, negotiations with PLO, dies in Jerusalem. (NYT, WP 8/27; WJW 9/1; JP 9/3)