Monday, March 8, 2004

The IDF lifts the seal on the West Bank, Gaza imposed on 3/4; fires on Palestinians working their fields in s. Gaza who stray too close to Morag settlement, killing a Palestinian teenager; fires on the boy’s funeral procession later in the day, wounding 1; fatally shoots a Palestinian grocer in Salfit during an arrest raid; fires live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas at Palestinian, Israeli, international demonstrators holding a peaceful protest against the separation wall nr. Bayt Laqia, injuring 10s; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, and in Nablus, al-Qarara; fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis, Rafah. A Jewish settler beats up a young Palestinian woman in Hebron; IDF soldiers observe but do not intervene. A 16-yr.-old Palestinian dies of injuries received when he was deliberately run over by a Jewish settler in East Jerusalem a wk. ago. (MM 3/8; VOP 3/8 in WNC 3/12; BBC, WP 3/9; PR 3/10; PCHR 3/11; MEI 3/19)