Saturday, January 5, 2019

Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian shepherds working the border fence near Dayr al-Balah, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, IDF troops prevent a number of activists and PA officials from entering Khan al-Ahmar, a Jerusalem-area Bedouin village that is slated for evacuation and demolition. They also arrest 1 Palestinian during a raid in Hebron; and patrol near Hebron, Tulkarm, and Qalqilya. Unidentified assailants open fire on an Israeli settler bus at the Beit El checkpoint late at night, lightly injuring the drive. (JP, MNA, MNA, TOI, WAFA 1/5; HA, WAFA, YA 1/6; PCHR 1/10)

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza announces that 5 Palestinians have been arrested in connection with the break-in to the offices of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation on 1/4. A Hamas spokesperson says that all 5 men are former employees of the PA government in Gaza whose salaries the PA recently suspended. Meanwhile, PA president Mahmoud Abbas meets with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss the recent escalation of tensions between Hamas and Fatah, among other regional issues. (TOI 1/5; AFP, MEE, NAT, WAFA 1/6)