Monday, November 4, 2013

In the Gaza Strip, IDF troops open fire on an open area nr. Bayt Hanun from the border fence, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 2 villages nr. Tulkarm, 1 village nr. Qalqilya, in Nablus, and in Salfit at night; patrols in Tulkarm in the morning, in 1 village each nr. Qalqilya and Salfit in the afternoon. (PCHR 11/7)

At a meeting of senior Fatah mbrs., Pres. Abbas warns that the link Israel has created between the release of prisoners and the approval of settlement construction could derail the entire negotiations process, which he says has shown no signs of progress thus far. (HA 11/5)

The trial of ousted Egyptian pres. Morsi begins and is almost immediately postponed, as Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on trial shout slogans and make speeches against the coup and the legitimacy of the proceedings. Meanwhile, Egyptian military forces shoot dead 3 gunmen trying to prepare an IED nr. Rafah. (AP, MNA, REU 11/4)

At a press conference in Saudi Arabia, visiting U.S. Secy. of State Kerry stands with Saudi FM Prince Saud al-Faisal as both men promise their countries will work together on difficult issues like Iran, Syria, and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (AP 11/4)