Tuesday, September 5, 2006

The IDF makes 2 air strikes on cars in Rafah r.c., assassinating 4 Hamas mbrs., wounding 27 bystanders, including 5 children); sends troops, 15 armored vehicles, accompanied by drones, into Khuza‘a, occupying Palestinian homes as operational posts, firing on residential areas, killing 1 Palestinian and wounding 3 on the roof of their home; shoots, wounds a Palestinian shepherd who strays nr. the central Gaza border fence. In the West Bank, the IDF arrests Force 17 head Mahmud Damra on charges of orchestrating a 2000 attack that killed 3 Israelis and numerous attacks since then; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus. In Gaza City, 1,000s of Fatah-affiliated PA security officers rampage through Gaza City, firing in the air, vandalizing the PC offices, demanding the payment of their overdue salaries. Meanwhile in the West Bank, Fatah gunmen enforcing the Government Employees Union strike intimidate other PA businesses fr. opening as well, prompting the whole West Bank to observe a general strike for safety. (NYT, WP, WT 9/6; PCHR 9/7)