Thursday, February 3, 2011

Amid concerns that the Mubarak regime in Egypt might fall, Israel begins internal discussion of possibly reclaiming control of the Philadelphi Corridor along the Rafah-Gaza border and significantly increasing the military budget and expanding the IDF to defend against any threat fr. Egypt. In Gaza City, around 1,000 Hamas supporters hold a rally outside Egypt’s mission offices in solidarity with Egyptian protesters. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in 5 villages nr. Qalqilya, 2 nr. Tulkarm, 1 nr. Ramallah, and 1 nr. Jenin; in 2 incidents they are confronted by stone-throwing youths and respond with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and percussion grenades, causing no serious injuries. (WP, WT 2/4; PCHR 2/10; OCHA 2/11)