Thursday, February 11, 2010

Early in the morning, IDF troops on the Gaza border e. of Gaza City open fire and direct artillery strikes on armed Palestinians operating nr. Juhur al-Dik village, killing 1 armed Palestinian and hitting a Palestinian home and lightly injuring 3 girls (ages 5–12), then making a brief incursion 400 m into the area. Around the same time, IDF troops on the n. Gaza border nr. Bayt Lahiya make a brief incursion to arrest 6 Palestinians collecting scrap material fr. destroyed homes and a brick factory nr. the border (they are released after 12 hrs. of questioning). Several hrs. later, the IDF makes an air strike on Gaza killing Islamic Jihad mbr. Faris Jabir, who Israel claims was part of a squad preparing an attack on the Qarni border crossing. (Palestinians notably do not claim his death as an assassination.) In the West Bank, the IDF bulldozes 6 wells and 5 agricultural storehouses nr. the separation wall northwest of Hebron, confiscating electrical generators and irrigation equipment. Two yrs. after Israel’s High Court ruled that a section of the separation wall in Bil‘in must be rerouted, the IDF begins work to move the barrier; residents welcome the change but stress that it falls far short of their demands that the wall be removed altogether. (NYT, WT 2/12; NYT 2/13; OCHA, PCHR 2/18)