Thursday, March 22, 2007

IDF troops on the n. Gaza border fire on Palestinians collecting scrap metal who stray nr. the border fence n. of Bayt Lahiya, wounding 1. In the West Bank, the IDF partially demolishes a Palestinian home in Ibaydiyya nr. Bethlehem; conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Nablus and neighboring ‘Askar r.c., in Bayt Fajjar and Dahaysha r.c. nr. Bethlehem, in Hebron, and nr. al-Fawar r.c. (shooting, wounding 1 Palestinian). In Bureij r.c., a Palestinian is injured when an explosive device he is handling explodes prematurely. Fatah, ESF mbrs. clash in n. Gaza for a 2d day, leaving a 2-yr.-old Palestinian boy dead, 6 Palestinians injured. In Gaza City, ESF mbrs. exchange fire with a Fatah-affiliated family, killing 1 Palestinian; unidentified gunmen halt, seize a UN vehicle, leaving the Palestinian UN employee unharmed. Outside Gaza City, a PRC mbr. is shot dead in apparent factional violence. In Khan Yunis, unidentified gunmen shoot, wound a PSF officer. (NYT, WP 3/23; OCHA 3/28; PCHR 3/29)