Thursday, February 13, 2020

In the West Bank, Israeli forces carried out military drills in the Jordan Valley. During the drill, 3 Palestinian shepherds were arrested. Israeli forces also demolished a house in Hebron, displacing a family of 5. Elsewhere, Israeli forces began construction on a 5-mile-long, settler-only road connecting settlements near Nablus. Israeli forces also violently dispersed a protest against the U.S. administration’s peace plan in Qalqilya, causing several tear-gas related injuries. 15 Palestinians were arrested during raids in and around Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Kafr Qaddum. During 1 raid in Ramallah, Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians; 3 Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated bullets, others suffered tear-gas related injuries. In East Jerusalem, 1 Palestinian-owned home in the Old City partially collapsed due to Israeli excavations there. Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian-owned house in Silwan. In Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian agricultural land east of Dayr al-Balah and Juhur al-Dik; no injuries were reported. (WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA, WAFA 2/13; PCHR 2/20)

According to Israeli officials, Hamas has informed Israel that it will halt all launchings of rockets and incendiary balloons. The official said that if Hamas keeps its promise, Israel would expand the fishing zone and allow 500 permits for Palestinian businesspeople in Gaza. (HA 2/13)

Israeli forces conducted airstrikes on Syria, killing 7 people near Damascus airport. (HA, WAFA 2/14)