Monday, May 2, 2005

The IDF imposes a curfew, makes a predawn raid on Saida nr. Tulkarm to arrest 2 wanted Islamic Jihad mbrs., marking the IDF’s 1st reentry of the town since returning it to PA security control on 3/22, sparking an exchange of gunfire that leaves dead wanted Islamic Jihad mbr. Shafiq ‘Abd al-Ghani and 1 IDF soldier (the 1st Israeli killed by a Palestinian since 2/25); 1 Islamic Jihad mbr. is wounded, escapes, is later arrested; the PA condemns the incursion as a violation of agmts. btwn. the 2 sides; Israel denounces the PA for failing to rein in militants. In response, Islamic Jihad fires 2 rockets at Sederot, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF also demolishes a Palestinian home in Jabal al-Mukabir and 1 in Sur al-Bahir, both in the Jerusalem municipality; sends troops into Tubas nr. Jenin to search Palestinian vehicles. Palestinians fire 3 mortars at a Jewish settlement in n. Gaza, causing no damage or injuries. As part of Abbas’s ongoing anticorruption efforts, PA security forces bulldoze 3 seaside homes in Gaza illegally built on public land seized by senior PA security officials. (BBC, HA 5/2; NYT, WP, WT 5/3; MA, VOP 5/3 in WNC 5/4; OCHA, PCHR 5/5)