Thursday, September 11, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, IDF troops conduct a limited incursion close to the border fence nr. al-Qarara to level land. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Hebron; patrols in 2 villages nr. Ramallah and 1 village nr. Hebron. (MNA 9/11; PCHR 9/18)

The Hamas-run govt. in the Gaza Strip begins paying a backlog of salaries to around 50,000 of its employees. These people, who were hired by Hamas after the group took power in 2007, have not been paid since the PA unity govt. took de jure control of Gaza on 6/2, and were only paid sporadically since Egypt began cracking down on the tunnels into Sinai in 10/2013. Anonymous Hamas officials say that recent tax revenues enabled the payment of salaries from 10/2013–5/2014, though there is speculation in the media that the money was donated from a regional partner, like Qatar. (JP 9/10; AFP 9/11)

An Israeli delegation, led by Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, meets with U.S. officials in Washington for their semiannual “Strategic Dialogue.” Topics of discussion include regional changes, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and OPE, as well as Iran’s nuclear program. (JP 9/12)

Al-Nusra Front releases 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers nr. a crossing at the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AP, REU 9/11)