Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian is killed by an Israeli drone strike, although the Israeli military denies involvement. The Health Ministry reports that the Islamic Jihad militant was targeted in Gaza City. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in Hebron and 3 nearby villages, Dahaysha r.c. in Bethlehem, and Jenin at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Hebron in the morning, and in al-‘Arub r.c. and 1 village nr. Hebron at night. In al-Khadir village nr. Bethlehem, students clash with Israeli soldiers who fire tear gas. In the Jordan Valley, Israeli forces demolish Palestinian-owned structures, leaving 25 homeless. Separately, Jewish settlers torch 2 Palestinian cars and leave “price-tag” graffiti in Madama village nr. Nablus, in an apparent revenge attack for the previous day’s incident involving settlers from Esh Kodesh. (AFP, JP, MNA, PNN 1/8; PCHR 1/9)

PA Pres. Abbas meets with Jordan’s King Abdallah II to discuss Kerry’s proposed framework. Abbas says after the meeting that he is keen on coordinating positions with Jordan, while King Abdallah reiterates his country’s support for an independent Palestinian state. (JP, MNA 1/8)