Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the West Bank, Israeli troops enter Jalazun r.c. nr. Ramallah and open fire on Palestinians, injuring 3 with live ammunition. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 2 villages nr. Hebron at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Hebron and 1 village nr. Jericho at night.

In Jerusalem, security forces raid the al-Aqsa mosque compound in response to stone-throwing from Palestinians. (MNA, YA 9/25; PCHR 9/26)

U.S. Secy. of State John Kerry says that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to intensify the peace talks and increase the U.S. role. Kerry describes 2 tracks: 1 among the 2 sides’ negotiators, and another among Abbas, Netanyahu, Kerry, and Pres. Obama. (HA, REU 9/25)

Unnamed Western diplomats claim that envoys from the U.S., Russia, France, China, and Britain have come to an agreement on the basis of a res. on Syria’s chemical weapons, something denied by Russian sources. Meanwhile, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says chemical weapons experts will investigate 3 alleged incidents of chemical weapons use earlier this year in Syria, and seek information on 3 alleged incidents in 8/2013. (AP, REU 9/25)