Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In the West Bank, IDF troops shoot and wound 4 Palestinians in a village nr. Jenin during a patrol. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 2 villages nr. Jenin and 1 village nr. Salfit at night. (PCHR 10/30)

Israeli PM Netanyahu says that condemnations by the international community of settlement construction announcements are “disconnected from reality,” referring in particular to criticism from the U.S. State Dept. the previous day. (HA 10/28)

The PA transfers millions of dollars to the Gaza Strip for the partial payment of salaries to civil servants hired under the Hamas govt. after 2007. Minister of Social Affairs Shawqi al-Aissa tells the media that each civil servant would receive an initial payment of $1,200. On 9/11, Hamas began partially paying the employees of its govt. a portion of salaries they are owed. (MNA 10/28)

Egyptian forces begin demolishing hundreds of homes and buildings along the 13 km border between Sinai and Gaza, advancing the creation of a “buffer zone” that will be as wide as 500 m in some places. The demolitions come as a surprise to the area’s residents, though Egyptian officials have conducted meetings regarding fair compensation for the past 2 weeks and early work on the buffer zone began on 2/15. Following the 8/24 attack that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers, the Egyptian govt. began increasing the severity of its countermeasures in the Sinai, including expediting work on the buffer zone. Around 800 homes are set to be demolished, which will displace up to 10,000 people, and their owners will receive commensurate compensation or replacement housing. (MNA 10/28; NYT 10/29)