Saturday, September 22, 2007

The IDF blows up the home of a wanted Hamas mbr. in Nablus; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron, Nablus, Salfit. In and around Hebron, a Jewish settler fr. Kiryat Arba attacks, moderately injures a Palestinian; Jewish settlers fr. Havat Ma’on attack a Palestinian family, injuring 3; a Jewish settler injures a Palestinian in a deliberate hit-and-run; several Jewish settlers stone a Palestinian vehicle on the Jerusalem–Hebron road, injuring the driver. Nr. Bethlehem, several Jewish settlers ambush, beat 2 Palestinian paramedics traveling nr. Nekudim settlement nr. Bethlehem with IDF permission to collect an ailing Palestinian child; the IDF observes but does not intervene. (OCHA 9/26; PCHR 9/27)

In the wake of the 9/19 Beirut bombing, Lebanese PM Siniora postpones until 10/23 the start of the Lebanese presidential elections process, previously set for 9/25. By law, Lebanese pres. Emile Lahoud must step down on 11/24. (NYT 9/23; WP 9/24)