Sunday, October 14, 2007

IDF troops on the Gaza border fire a shell into Gaza City, wounding a Palestinian teenager. The IDF also sends troops into Gaza Valley village to conduct arrest raids, house searches. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Hebron. Suspected Hamas mbrs. kidnap and beat a Fatah activist in Khan Yunis. In Gaza City, some 200 Palestinians stage a sit-in outside the PC headquarters to protest the PA’s refusal to issue passports and travel documents for Gazans (see Quarterly Update in JPS 145). (OCHA 10/17; PCHR 10/18)

Rice opens 4 days of shuttle diplomacy in the region in an effort to encourage Israel and the PA to bridge gaps on a joint statement to be released at the proposed 11/15 Annapolis summit and to build regional support for the conference. (IFM 10/14; NYT, WP, WT 10/15)