Thursday, November 27, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) declares a state of emergency after heavy rains and flooding exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation. Egyptian authorities open the Rafah crossing for the 2d day in a row, but at limited capacity. Separately, unknown assailants fire shots in the direction of Israeli forces positioned along the border with e. Gaza, and IDF troops respond by firing a tank shell, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, the Judea Military Court finds a Palestinian man guilty of planning to assassinate Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman during OPE. Nr. Qalqilya, Israeli settlers attempt to kidnap a Palestinian youth, but his family intervenes. Nearby, Israeli settlers attack a Palestinian-owned car shop and injure the owner. IDF troops violently disperse a protest in Dayr ‘Ammar nr. Ramallah and injure 1 Palestinian with rubber-coated metal bullets. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids nr. Tulkarm, Hebron, and Nablus; patrols nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Tulkarm. In East Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers beat and arrest a Palestinian youth nr. the Old City. (AKH, IMEMC, MNA, YA 11/27; HA, MNA 11/28; PCHR 12/4; OCHA 12/5)

Israel’s High Court of Justice decides to freeze the 11/20 demolition orders on the homes of the 2 Palestinian men who attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue on 11/18. (MNA 11/27)

Following Hamas official Abu Marzuq’s comments about the UN’s Gaza reconstruction plan on 11/26, another senior Hamas official says that the UN has amended its plan based on consultations with Hamas. (MNA 11/27)