Friday, October 10, 2014

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishermen on 3 separate occasions, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in Nablus and 1 nearby village and 1 village nr. Hebron; patrols in 3 villages nr. Hebron, 2 villages nr. Jericho, and 1 village nr. Ramallah. IDF troops violently disperse Palestinian, Israeli, and international protesters at weekly demonstrations against Israel’s separation wall, settlements, and occupation in 2 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in and Nabi Salih) and 1 village nr. Qalqilya (Kafr Qaddum). There are no serious injuries, except in Nabi Salih, where 1 person is struck by a tear gas canister. Meanwhile, Israeli settlers set fire to around 100 trees nr. Salfit. (MNA 10/10; PCHR 10/16)

PM Hamdallah and other ministers from the Palestinian unity govt. head from Gaza to Cairo ahead of the Gaza reconstruction conference on 10/12. Separately, the PA releases its plan for the recovery and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. It estimates that the whole process will cost $4 b., along with an additional $500 m. for the PA to administer the efforts. (MNA 10/10) (See Doc. B4 in JPS 174 for more on the plan.)