Tuesday, October 3, 2023

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers with a military escort raided Jalud, leading to a confrontation between Palestinians protecting themselves and Israeli forces; 2 were injured with baton rounds and others with tear gas. Israeli forces shot and injured 1 Palestinian minor before arresting him near Fawwar refugee camp. Israeli forces also raided Beita twice, injuring 3 with rubber-coated bullets and others with tear gas. In East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers toured the Haram al-Sharif compound. Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian worshippers and journalists near the Haram al-Sharif compound. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 10/3; PCHR 10/5)

Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir toured the Gilboa Prison. During his tour, Palestinians’ cells were raided and sound bombs were fired in sections 1 and 3 of the prison. (WAFA 10/4)

A source working on the Egyptian efforts to reduce tension between Israel and Hamas told Haaretz that continued Israeli settler tours of the Haram al-Sharif compound will likely lead to an escalation in tensions. Hamas reportedly conveyed to Egyptian and Qatari mediators that it wants Israel to increase the number of work permits to 30,000 and wants Israel to help UNRWA promote job creation in Gaza. (HA 10/3)

Several Israeli ministers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned spitting attacks by Israeli settlers on Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem. Christians have complained that the phenomenon is rising, and settlers were filmed spitting on Christians on 10/1 and 10/2. (HA, WAFA 10/3; HA 10/5)

In Syria, Israeli forces conducted airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor, killing 6 and injuring 4. (AJ, HA 10/3)