Thursday, April 17, 2008

The IDF fires on PRC mbrs. nr. the Gaza border nr. Jabaliya r.c., killing 1 PRC mbr. Later, the IDF closes the Kerem Shalom crossing after fatally shooting an armed Palestinian who approached the area; closes the Nahal Oz crossing after Palestinian snipers fire on IDF troops there, causing no injuries. In Gaza City, 1,000s of Palestinians attend the funeral for Reuters cameraman Shana’a, killed on 4/16. In Rafah, 1 Islamic Jihad mbr. accidentally triggers explosives kept in his home, injuring himself, 2 bystanders. Two Hamas mbrs. die of injuries sustained on 4/13 when explosives they were handling detonated prematurely In the West Bank, the IDF conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Jenin town and r.c., and nr. Bethlehem, Nablus. (OCHA 4/17; NYT, WP 4/18; OCHA 4/23; PCHR 4/24)