Friday, April 13, 2007

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Qalqilya (firing on residential areas, wounding 2 Palestinian women inside their homes; blowing up 1 Palestinian home) and in Azun, Nablus (also searching the Graduate Cultural Center, confiscating computers, documents); fires rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas at Palestinians and Israeli and international peace activists protesting the separation wall nr. Bil‘in (injuring 11), Um Salamuna (injuring 6). The IDF suspends its Nablus cmdr. after the Israeli daily Yedi’ot Aharonot releases video showing him using 2 Palestinian boys as human shields to guard military vehicles. Jewish settlers fr. Eli settlement nr. Nablus fire on Palestinian shepherds nearby to prevent them fr. grazing nr. the settlement, causing no injuries. (NYT, WT 4/14; OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)