Friday, June 17, 2005

The IDF seals the Gaza Strip; shoots, wounds a mentally handicapped Palestinian who strays into a closed military zone nr. the Rafah terminal to Egypt; conducts arrest raids nr. Jenin; patrols in Nablus; bulldozes around 170 d. of agricultural land e. of Yatta for construction of a road along the separation wall. An ailing 70-yr.-old Palestinian woman trying to reach a hospital in Jerusalem dies of a heart attack at an IDF checkpoint nr. Bethlehem after being delayed passage. (IMEMC 6/17; XIN 6/18; OCHA 6/22; PCHR 6/23)