Sunday, March 21, 2004

The IDF raids Abasan nr. Khan Yunis in pursuit of wanted Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades mbr. Basim Kadih, fatally shooting him in an apparent assassination, also killing his wife, sparking an exchange of gunfire in which 3 Hamas mbrs. are killed (including 1 who is run over by an IDF jeep, then executed by an IDF soldier, who gets out of the jeep, shoots him in the head), wounding 10 others (at least 6 of whom are hit with live ammunition in the head and chest). The IDF then demolishes 5 Palestinian homes in Abasan, including Kadih’s, and bulldozes 4 dunams of land. The IDF also fatally shoots 2 Palestinians nr. the Kissufim crossing; demolishes 2 Palestinian homes in Dahaysha r.c.; fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis; fires on Palestinian, Israeli demonstrators protesting against the separation wall nr. Kharbata northwest of Ramallah, wounding at least 5 people, including a 9-yr.-old Palestinian boy, an Israeli hit in the eye; conducts arrest raids in Balata r.c., Nablus. 2 Palestinians die of injuries received earlier. (PCHR, XIN 3/21; VOP 3/21 in WNC 3/23; HA, WP 3/22; PCHR 3/25)