Wednesday, February 9, 2011

IDF troops make a brief incursion into c. Gaza e. of Gaza Valley village to level land and clear lines of sight. The PFLP claims its mbrs. directed cross-border fire at an IDF jeep on the Israeli side of the Gaza border fence e. of Gaza City; the IDF says it has no reports of an attack. In the West Bank, the IDF demolishes 6 residential shelters and 21 animal pens in Khirbat Tana nr. Nablus, displacing 52 Palestinians, including 30 children (see 12/6); fires rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at stone-throwing Palestinian youths nr. Nablus; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jericho in the afternoon and nr. Hebron and Tubas late at night. (IDFS, MNA, PCHR 2/10, 2/17; OCHA 2/18)

Jordan’s new government, led by PM Bakhit, is sworn in. The cabinet includes 1 former Muslim Brotherhood mbr., a leading female activist, and mbrs. of the leftist unionists. (WT 2/10)