Monday, October 6, 2003

The IDF shoots, wounds 4 Palestinians attempting to bypass the new checkpoint separating Rafah, Khan Yunis (see 10/5); continues bulldozing land nr. Morag settlement (Palestinians say some 400 dunams have been leveled since 10/5); demolishes 3 Palestinian homes in Rafah; searches buildings in Jenin (including a medical relief building, Charity Fund Comm. offices), confiscating files, computers; conducts arrest raids in Jenin, detaining 31 alleged Islamic Jihad mbrs. Hamas fires 16 mortars at a Jewish settlement in Gaza, causing no damage or injuries. The PA reports that the IDF, Israeli police have rounded up some 2,350 Palestinian laborers inside the Green Line in the past 24 hrs. for return to the territories. (HA, MM 10/6; HA, MM, NYT, WP, WT 10/7; PCHR 10/9; MEI 10/10)

An IDF soldier nr. the Israeli-Lebanese border is fatally shot by an unidentified gunman apparently shooting fr. Lebanon. (HA, MM 10/6; HA, MM, NYT, WP, WT 10/7; MEI 10/10)