Monday, May 28, 2018

Along Gaza’s border fence, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians who crossed the fence near Bayt Lahiya armed with knives, bolt cutters, and inflammable material. The Israeli press reports that the troops came under fire from unidentified assailants in Gaza as they made the arrests. Israeli tanks then shell 3 Hamas military sites in Bayt Lahiya, killing 1 Palestinian, critically injuring a second, and causing damage. Later, armed Palestinians in Gaza open fire across the border fence near Bayt Hanun, causing minor damage to Israeli buildings and cars. Separately, IDF troops shoot and injure a Palestinian at a protest camp near Gaza City. In the West Bank, Israeli settlers uproot at least 100 grapevines on Palestinian farmland outside Kafr Malik village near Ramallah. IDF troops arrest 8 Palestinians during late-night raids near Ramallah, Qalqilya, Tulkarm, Hebron, and Bethlehem; and patrol near Tulkarm, Hebron, and Qalqilya. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 6 Palestinians during raids in the Old City and Issawiyya. (HA, JP, YA 5/28; HA, MNA, WAFA 5/29; PCHR 5/31)

A Palestinian succumbs to injuries sustained when IDF troops opened fire on the protests along Gaza’s border on 5/14. His death brings the Great March of Return death toll to 113. (MNA, WAFA 5/29; PCHR 5/31)

FMs from across the European Union (EU) meet in Brussels to discuss the situation in Gaza. They do not release a joint statement on the matter, indicating a lack of consensus. (JP 5/28)