Sunday, January 9, 2011

Israeli crews begin demolishing the fmr. Shepherd Hotel site (built in the 1930s as a villa for the grand mufti of Jerusalem) in East Jerusalem’s Shaykh Jarrah neighborhood to make way for a controversial new settlement housing project. In Gaza, unidentified Palestinians fire 1 Qassam rocket into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF retaliates late at night with at least 5 air strikes targeting an IQB site in Khan Yunis and the fmr. PA General Intelligence building in Jabaliya, causing damage but no injuries in both incidents. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts patrols in 2 villages nr. Jenin, 2 nr. Qalqilya, and 1 nr. Ramallah during the day; conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron and in Jenin (questioning a local Hamas leader but not detaining him). (JP, UPI 1/9; NYT, WP 1/10; WP 1/11; PCHR 1/13; OCHA 1/14)