Thursday, April 5, 2007

The IDF sends bulldozers into Gaza nr. Bayt Hanun, al-Maghazi r.c. to level land. For a 2d day, the Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the Rafah coast, forcing them to return to port. In the West Bank, the IDF fires on 3 Palestinians nr. Jericho who fail to heed orders to stop, killing 1 Palestinian; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron, Tulkarm. Jewish settlers who have been occupying a Palestinian building nr. Kiryat Arba since 3/19 throw bottles and stones at local Palestinians, use trained dogs to scare Palestinian children; the IDF observes but does not intervene. A 17-yr.- old Palestinian girl shot in the head by IDF forces during a raid on Jabaliya r.c. on 10/4/04 dies of her injuries. (NYT 4/6; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)