Sunday, May 7, 2006

In the 2d such incident in 2 days, the IDF shells n. Gaza, killing a 57-yr-old Palestinian farmer working his field nr. Bayt Lahiya, wounding a 59-yr.-old Palestinian woman outside her Bayt Hanun home. The IDF also shuts all crossings into Gaza, citing unspecified security threats; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus (exchanging fire with armed Palestinians in Balata r.c., causing no injuries) and nr. Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Qalqilya, Ramallah, Tulkarm. Palestinians fire 4 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. In Hebron, 700 Israeli police supported by 1,000 IDF troops evacuate some 3 Jewish settler families who occupied a Palestinian home on 4/7 and 40–50 settler youths supporting them, sparking scuffles btwn. troops and settlers that leave 19 officers, 7 settlers injured; an Israeli court ruled the families’ alleged purchase of the property fraudulent on 5/5 and ordered them to leave immediately. (HA, IMEMC, WT, XIN 5/7; MM, NYT, WP, WT 5/8; PCHR 5/11; see also HA 4/30)