Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The IDF makes predawn raids on 2 private Palestinian TV stations in Ramallah (al-Watan TV and al-Quds Educational TV), seizing transmitters and other equipment; Israel claims raids came after repeated requests to the stations to stop illegally broadcasting on frequencies that interfere with Israeli broadcasters and aircraft communications; the PA Communications Min., which licensees the stations, and the stations themselves deny receiving complaints or warnings and say they are operating in accordance with Israel-Palestinian accords. The IDF also conducts late-night patrols in 1 village nr. Jericho and late-night arrest raids and house searches nr. Jenin. (NYT, PCHR, WP, WT 3/1; PCHR 3/8; OCHA 3/9)