Thursday, October 2, 2003

The IDF fatally shoots wanted Islamic Jihad mbr. Mazin Salama in Tulkarm; shells residential areas of Rafah, killing 1 Palestinian, wounding 3 (ages 55–65); fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis, critically wounding an 18-mo.-old Palestinian in his home; begins leveling a 120-dunam area of Palestinian land nr. Hebron to create a settlers-only bypass road; discovers, destroys a car bomb in Nablus, allegedly being prepared for an attack in Israel; conducts arrest raids around Jenin. Saying Israel has no responsibility to meet its road map obligations until Palestinians crack down on militant groups, the Israeli Housing Min. approves construction of 600 new housing units in Jewish settlements in and around East Jerusalem. (BBC, HA, MM 10/2; VOP 10/2 in WNC 10/4; NYT, WP, WT 10/3; PCHR 10/9)