Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Israeli forces positioned along Gaza’s border fire artillery shells at 3 Palestinians nr. Rafah; 1 is killed and the other 2 are injured. The IDF says the soldiers fired after “detect[ing] 2 suspects.” The incident comes hours after the IDF carried out a major military exercise in the area. Elsewhere along Gaza’s border, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion to level land nr. Khan Yunis. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya, causing no damage or injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces punitively seal with concrete the Jabal Mukabir home of the Palestinian killed in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers on 1/7. In the West Bank, Israeli forces demolish 2 agricultural sheds outside Jericho and uproot a number of trees in Aida r.c. nr. Bethlehem. IDF troops arrest a Palestinian in s. Hebron when he is found with to be carrying a knife, and arrest 3 more Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Ramallah and Tulkarm. Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmers working outside Burin nr. Nablus, lightly injuring 1. (EI, JP, MNA, WAFA 3/22; MNA, PCHR 3/23; PCHR 3/30)

Israeli PM Netanyahu says that “there has been significant progress” in the ongoing talks between Israeli and U.S. officials in Washington this week. They are reportedly working toward a mutual understanding on Israeli settlement growth. (HA, JP, TOI 3/22)