Friday, October 18, 2013

In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village each nr. Hebron and Qalqilya at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Hebron and 1 village nr. Tulkarm at night. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters at weekly demonstrations against Israel’s separation wall, settlements, and occupation in 3 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in, Nabi Salih, and Ni‘lin), and 1 village nr. Qalqilya (Kafr Qaddum). There are no serious injuries. (PCHR 10/24)

Saudi Arabia announces, via a Foreign Ministry statement, that it will decline to take up its seat on the UNSC in a show of frustration and anger at the body’s failure to take effective action with regard to the Syrian civil war and other Middle East issues. (REU 10/18)