Thursday, December 29, 2011

Unidentified Palestinians fire a Qassam rocket fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. On 3 occasions during the day, Israeli naval vessels fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the n. Gaza coast, confiscating 1 boat (arresting 1 fisherman and briefly detaining 2) and forcing the others to return to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in 3 villages nr. Jenin; conducts morning arrest raids, house searches nr. Qalqilya. The independent Palestinian Center for Human Rights accuses the Hamas authorities in Gaza of harassing Fatah mbrs., saying Hamas police have summoned about 50 former mbrs. of the Fatah security forces in since 12/26, questioning them at length, detaining some, and searching some homes. (JP, PCHR 12/29; NYT 12/30; OCHA, PCHR 1/5)