Thursday, February 12, 2004

In an apparent assassination, IDF undercover units raid Qarawat Bani Zaid nr. Ramallah, chase and mortally wound wanted Hamas mbr. Samir Arar, barring ambulances fr. reaching him for 2 hrs., allowing him to bleed to death. The IDF also shells a group of Palestinian boys playing too close to the Rafah-Egypt border fence, killing a 12-yr.-old Palestinian boy, wounding an 11-yr.-old; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Aida r.c., Bethlehem; imposes curfews on 5 villages nr. Bethlehem. A Palestinian dies of injuries received during the 2/1 IDF raid on Jericho. (PM 2/12; VOP 2/13 in WNC 2/18; PR 2/18; PCHR 2/19)

Powell says that the U.S. is taking Sharon’s plan for unilateral disengagement seriously, will send senior officials to Israel next wk. to discuss it further. (NYT 2/13; al-Quds, VOP 2/14 in WNC 2/18)