Saturday, March 26, 2016

At midnight, the Israeli authorities lift the Purim-related closure of the West Bank. Meanwhile, IDF troops conduct late-night raids in Dahaysha r.c. nr. Bethlehem and Qalqilya, sparking clashes with stone-throwing Palestinians in both locales; 4 Palestinians are injured and 2 are arrested. They also raid the Hebron-area home of a Palestinian killed in Hebron on 3/24; 2 Palestinians are arrested. The IDF conducts further raids and house searches in Hebron and nr. Tulkarm and Bethlehem, arresting 5 Palestinians, violently disperses Palestinians demonstrating in Kafr Qaddum nr. Qalqilya, causing no injuries; and patrols nr. Salfit, Tulkarm, and Hebron. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers and shepherds working nr. Gaza City, causing no injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 2 Palestinians during raids in Silwan and Hizma. (MNA 3/26; MNA, WAFA 3/27; PCHR 3/31)

Fatah and Hamas officials meet in Doha for the 1st of 2 days of Palestinian national reconciliation talks. (MNA 3/27)