Sunday, August 27, 2017

Israeli forces arrest 5 Palestinians during raids near Bethlehem, Jenin, and the Old City of Jerusalem, and patrol near Hebron. In 3 separate incidents off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats near Bayt Lahiya and Jabaliya refugee camp, causing no damage or injuries. (PCHR 9/1)

The Egyptian authorities partially open the Rafah border crossing, allowing a group of Palestinian Muslims to leave Gaza on their pilgrimage to Mecca. (MNA 8/27; OCHA 9/14)

Israel’s Justice Ministry announces that the Israeli settler families that took over the 2d and 3d floors of the Palestinian-owned Abu Rajab house in central Hebron on 7/25 have been ordered to leave within 1 week. Israel’s state prosecutor says that they took over the building without finalizing a legal purchase. (HA, TOI 8/27; MNA, WAFA 8/28)

Israel’s Defense Ministry announces that it has finalized a deal with U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin to buy 17 additional F-35 stealth fighter jets. The initial order of 33 jets was set to be complete by 2021. Five of the jets have already been delivered. The new order will bring the total size of the fleet to 50 jets by 2024. The Israeli cabinet authorized the purchase in 11/2016. (JP, JTA, TOI, YA 8/27)