Saturday, April 7, 2007

IDF helicopters fire on Islamic Jihad and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) mbrs. planting roadside bombs along the Gaza border nr. Jabaliya r.c., killing 1 DFLP mbr., wound 2 other armed men; the Palestinians fire RPGs, automatic weapons across the border at IDF tanks approaching (perhaps crossing) the border, detonate bombs they had planted, causing no injuries but marking the heaviest exchanges of fire in Gaza since the 11/26/06 truce. Palestinians fire 2 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, damaging a factory in Sederot. A Palestinian is injured when a smugglers’ tunnel on the Rafah border collapses. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in Jenin r.c. (exchanging gunfire with Palestinians who confront the troops, wounding 1), Nablus and nr. Bethlehem, Ramallah, Salfit. A Palestinian injured in the IDF demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah on 4/22/04 dies. In Gaza, Fatah-Hamas clashes leave 3 Palestinians wounded in Bayt Hanun. (WP 4/7; NYT, WP, WT 4/8; NYT, WT 4/9; OCHA 4/11; PCHR 4/12)