Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An IQB mbr. dies of injuries sustained in an attack earlier on 11/10. His death brings the total number of fatalities in Gaza since 11/10 to 7, including 4 civilians, and around 40 wounded (16 Israelis have been injured, including 8 civilians). The 11/12 truce largely holds, though unidentified Palestinians fire 3 rockets during the day, causing no injuries but in 1 case damaging a greenhouse. The IDF strikes targets in the Gaza Strip early in the morning, causing no casualties. Some reports citing Israeli defense officials claim that Israel is considering renewing its assassination of militant leaders. But in a meeting with southern Israeli mayors, Netanyahu says Israel does not expect to embark on significant military action in Gaza or pursue assassinations. (AP, HA, MNA, REU 11/13)

China announces that it will support the Palestinian bid for UN observer status, while an EU spokesperson is quoted as saying that a dozen of the EU mbr. states will vote in favor. (JTA, REU 11/13)

In the West Bank, Israeli forces storm Husan village, w. of Bethlehem, at dawn and demolish an automobile repair shop. The IDF also conducts late-night patrols in 1 village nr. Jericho. (WAFA 11/13; PCHR 11/14)