Saturday, May 2, 2015

In n. Gaza, an IQB fighter dies in a tunnel collapse. Also, Islamic Jihad announces that 1 of its fighters was killed today during an unspecified “jihadist mission.” Off the coast nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats, causing no damage or injuries. IDF troops stationed along the n. border arrest a Palestinian attempting to cross into Israel; open fire on agricultural areas along the border fence. In the West Bank, IDF troops violently disperse journalists gathering in Bethlehem for a nonviolent march commemorating World Press Freedom Day; several are lightly injured with stun grenades and tear gas. The IDF conducts house searches and raids in and around Hebron, arresting 1 Palestinian; patrols in Tulkarm, 2 villages nr. Ramallah, and 1 each nr. Hebron and Qalqilya. A Palestinian youth attempts to stab an IDF soldier at a checkpoint nr. Hebron, and he is arrested. (JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 5/2; PCHR 5/7)

Senior Fatah official Amin Maqboul says that the party has decided to alter the composition of the PA cabinet, swapping up to 6 portfolios. A new minister of the economy is set to be appointed following the resignation of former minister Mustafa. (MNA 5/3)