Saturday, January 4, 2014

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval vessels attack Palestinian fishermen, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in 1 village nr. Ramallah in the morning, in 2 villages nr. Hebron in the afternoon, and in 3 villages and al-‘Arub. r.c. nr. Hebron, 2 villages nr. Ramallah and 1 village nr. Salfit at night. (PCHR 1/9)

U.S. Secy. of State Kerry conducts further talks with Pres. Abbas in Ramallah and Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem, the 3rd day of discussions with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Speaking in Ramallah, Kerry tells reporters that progress is being made toward a “framework agreement.” (AFP, REU, WAFA 1/4)

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry summons the Qatari amb. in Cairo to protest the Gulf state’s recent statement of concern about the increasing number of casualties during anti-coup protests. Qatar also condemned the 12/24 decision to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization.” (AP 1/4)