Sunday, July 29, 2018

An Israeli drone bombs a group of Palestinians near Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, killing 2 and causing moderate damage. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine later claims the 2 men were members of its armed wing. Also along Gaza’s border fence, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land near Jabaliya refugee camp In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 21 Palestinians during late-night raids in and around Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Tubas; and patrol near Tulkarm, Qalqilya, and Hebron. Israeli forces also demolish a small agricultural structure near Hebron. (MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 7/29; PCHR 8/2)

Reuters reports that Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz recently informed U.S. officials that he won’t be able to support the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan unless it provides for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. Jordanian and Egyptian officials have also reportedly encouraged the U.S. team to only circulate a finished plan that is fair to both sides. (HA, TOI, YA 7/29)

Israeli naval forces confront the first ship of a planned flotilla sailing toward Gaza in a symbolic effort to break the Israeli blockade. They commandeer the ship, escort it to the port at Ashdod, and detain all 22 activists on board. Some activists are reportedly assaulted during the confrontation. The IDF will report that they used “reasonable force.” (DPA, HA, MEE, MNA, WAFA, YA 7/29; MNA 7/31)

The Israeli authorities release 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi from prison, marking the end of her eight-month sentence for kicking, slapping, and otherwise resisting an Israeli soldier during a raid in her hometown Nabi Salih. She was arrested on 12/19/17. (BBC, MNA, WAFA 7/29)