Saturday, July 30, 2005

The IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bani Na‘im s. of Hebron, fires on residential areas, wounding 2 Palestinian children; patrols in Aida r.c. (conducting random ID checks), Bala’a nr. Tulkarm (firing on stone-throwing youths who confront the troops, wounding 3 of them, 1 bystander), Bayt Khalil; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Qalqilya, Tulkarm; tightens restrictions on Palestinian movement btwn. Salfit, Qalqilya. Jewish settlers fr. Hebron uproot 80 Palestinian olive trees, beat 4 Palestinian farmers in nearby Yatta. Jewish settlers fr. Elon Moreh uproot 250 Palestinian olive trees outside Salfit. Some 10,000 Palestinian health workers in PA government clinics begin an openended strike, demanding an increase in pay; they have been observing occasional strike days over the past 3 wks., without response fr. the PA. In Tulkarm, 10s of PA special forces protest the PA’s decision to merge them under the PA public security. The Rafah zoo, demolished by the IDF during Operation Rainbow in 5/04 (see Chronology in JPS 133), reopens. (IMEMC, JAZ 7/30; IMEMC 7/31; PR 8/3; PCHR 8/4)