Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Israel sends troops to the unauthorized settlement outpost of Esh Kodesh e. of Ramallah to disconnect a water pipe, highlighting the move as evidence that it is taking steps against outposts as requested by the U.S.; within hours, settlers reconnect the pipe and restore water service. Also in the West Bank, the IDF fires on Palestinians in Bil‘in demonstrating against Operation Hot Winter, wounding 1; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in Balata r.c. (a 72-yr.-old Palestinian woman dies of a heart attack when soldiers raid her home), nr. Jenin. Unidentified gunmen fire on a car with Israeli license plates nr. Hebron, killing a Palestinian man, wounding an Israeli civilian. In Gaza, Islamic Jihad and the PFLP fire 2 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. (NYT, PCHR 3/6; OCHA 3/12; PCHR 3/13)