Thursday, July 3, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fire an estimated 40 projectiles into s. Israel, causing no casualties, but rockets strike 2 houses in Sderot and cause damage. IDF troops launch air strikes against 3 al-Qassam Brigades training facilities, injuring 15. In the West Bank, IDF troops clash with Palestinian residents in Qalandia r.c., injuring 5. The IDF patrols in 1 village nr. Ramallah and in Salfit in the morning, in 1 village nr. Hebron in the afternoon, and in Hebron and 5 nearby villages, 3 villages nr. Ramallah, and 2 villages nr. Jericho at night. A Jewish settler opens fire on a Palestinian nr. Hebron, injuring him. In East Jerusalem, Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters in al-Ram, Shu‘fat, Silwan, and Issawiyya. The troops deploy stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets, injuring 6 in al-Ram and 13 in Shu‘fat. (HA, MNA, REU, ToI 7/3; PCHR 7/10)

Israeli PM Netanyahu says that if rocket fire from Gaza halts, then the IDF will also stop its attacks on Gaza. Specifically, the Israeli govt. issues Hamas a 48-hour period to either halt the projectile fire or face a significant Israeli strike. A spokesperson for al-Qassam Brigades says that an Israeli escalation will lead to an “hour of vengeance.” (HA, REU, ToI 7/3)