Tuesday, January 16, 2001

Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue. Jewish settlers raid Aqraba, bar Palestinians fr. entering or leaving Bayt Furik while they perform religious ceremonies. The IDF issues approval for Jewish settlers to carry out armed patrols in order to ensure their safety. The IDF also conducts arrest sweeps in Dahiyat Barid, al-Ram; shells Halhul; bulldozes agricultural land nr. Nablus. (IsRN, MM 1/16; al-Quds 1/17 in WNC 1/19; HP, LAW 1/18)

At Erez, Israel, the PA resume high-level talks on tightening security coordination, Palestinians need for territorial contiguity. They agree on steps to ease the closure on Gaza but fail to resolve key territorial issues. (MM 1/16; MA [Internet], WP, WT 1/17; SA 1/17 in WNC 1/19)