Saturday, July 27, 2013

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip, Israeli naval vessels open fire on Palestinian fishermen, causing damage but no injuries. IDF troops also open fire on a Palestinian said to be approaching the border fence in the c. Gaza Strip, wounding him in the legs. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Bethlehem at night; patrols in 3 villages nr. Tulkarm and 1 village nr. Hebron at night. (PCHR 8/1)

An anonymous Palestinian official says that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Washington on 7/30 for a round of talks, with the sides led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erakat respectively. (AFP 7/27)

Egyptians security forces kill an estimated 80 people in attacks on supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, the 2d mass killing of demonstrators in 3 weeks. U.S. Secy. of State John Kerry speaks to senior members of the interim cabinet to express “deep concern.” Meanwhile, Egyptian media report that the armed forces are starting an operation to combat armed militants in the Sinai. (AP, NYT, REU, XIN 7/27; AP 7/28)