Saturday, May 24, 2014

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no injuries or damage. Meanwhile, 2 mbrs. of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, Saraya al-Quds Brigades, die in an accidental explosion nr. Khan Yunis. In the West Bank, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian children gathered on agricultural lands nr. the UNRWA school for boys in al-Jalazun and close to Beit El settlement, wounding 1 seriously. Separately, at al-Fawar junction nr. Hebron, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian protesters who are demonstrating in solidarity with prisoners, causing no injuries. The IDF patrols in 1 village nr. Ramallah in the afternoon, and in 3 villages and al-Fawar r.c. nr. Hebron, and 1 village and ‘Ayn al-Sultan r.c. nr. Jericho at night. (MNA, WAFA 5/24; PCHR 5/29)

Pope Francis arrives in Amman at the beginning of a 3-day trip to the region that will also take him to Israel and the oPt. (REU 5/24)