Monday, May 19, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, IDF troops open fire on Palestinians collecting raw materials close to the border fence nr. Bayt Hanun, injuring 1. Off the coast nr. Rafah, Israeli naval vessels open fire on Palestinian fishermen, causing no damage, and arrest 2. In the West Bank, the IDF demolishes 9 Palestinian-owned structures in Issawiyya and the E1 area nr. Jerusalem. Meanwhile, IDF soldiers uproot an estimated 600 almond trees nr. Nahalin village nr. Bethlehem. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 2 villages and al-Fawar r.c. nr. Hebron and in Jenin at night; patrols in 1 village each nr. Ramallah and Tulkarm in the morning, in 4 villages nr. Jenin and in Tulkarm in the afternoon, and in 2 villages nr. Ramallah and 1 village nr. Hebron at night. Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinianowned land nr. Salfit, damaging around 20 fruit trees. (MNA, UNOCHA 5/19; PCHR 5/22)

In his 1st public comment on the subject since 1/20, Iran’s Pres. Hassan Rouhani says that “in spite of the existing difficulties” he remains hopeful for a comprehensive deal with the P5+1 group over Iran’s disputed nuclear program. (AFP, IRNA 5/19)