Sunday, September 22, 2013

In the West Bank, a Palestinian sniper shoots and kills an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in Hebron. Subsequently, IDF troops place the city under lockdown, and raid numerous homes. IDF troops open fire on Palestinians throwing stones in c. Hebron, wounding 1 with a rubber-coated metal bullet. Elsewhere, Jewish settlers nr. Qalqilya move into Palestinian-owned lands and destroy some 30 olive trees and damage equipment. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in Hebron in the morning, and in Hebron and 2 nearby villages, 2 villages nr. Ramallah, 1 village nr. Jenin and Qalqilya at night; patrols in 3 villages nr. Tulkarm in the morning, in 3 villages nr. Jenin, 2 villages nr. Tulkarm, 2 villages nr. Qalqilya and Salfit and 1 nearby village in the afternoon, and in Jenin and 1 nearby village, 1 village nr. Tulkarm and Hebron at night. (MNA 9/22; PCHR 9/26)

Israel permits the 1st delivery into the Gaza Strip of cement and steel for use by the private sector since 2007, with 70 trucks entering, according to PA official Raed Fattouh. (MNA 9/22)

Unidentified gunmen open fire on an Israeli army patrol operating close to the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The IDF returns fire to the source. There are no reports of damage or casualties on either side. Meanwhile, Pres. Asad praises the role of China and Russia, in an interview with Chinese television, and says he is not worried about a draft res. submitted by the U.S., UK, and France. Separately, SNC head Ahmad Jarba writes to the UNSC to say his opposition group is prepared to attend a proposed Geneva conference if the aim of the talks is to establish a transitional govt. (REU, ToI 9/22)