Friday, December 16, 2016

An explosion at a Hamas military site in Khan Yunis kills 1 Hamas fighter and injures 2 others. In the West Bank, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists at Friday demonstrations against Israel’s settlements, separation wall, and occupation in 3 villages nr. Ramallah (Bil‘in, Ni‘lin, and Nabi Salih) and Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya; there are no serious injuries. They also conduct raids nr. Hebron and patrols nr. Hebron and Salfit. (MNA 12/16; PCHR 12/22)

The Israeli authorities hand over corpses of 7 West Bank Palestinians killed in confrontations with the IDF in the past 6 mos. to their families. The return is conditioned on the families’ acceptance of several conditions, including fines and limits on the number of mourners at funerals. (HA, MNA, TOI, YA 12/16)