Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinians fire 6 rockets toward s. Israel. Each is intercepted by the Iron Dome battery, except 1, which lands in an open area, causing no injuries. In response, the Israeli Air Force strikes 4 targets in the n. Gaza Strip, moderately wounding 1 woman and 4 children who were hit by shrapnel. Separately, Israeli forces conduct a limited incursion nr. Khan Yunis to level land. Off the coast nr. Bayt Lahiya, Israeli naval vessels open fire on fishermen on 2 occasions, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF shoots and wounds 1 Palestinian in Aida r.c. in Bethlehem, during clashes between dozens of youth and soldiers positioned at the n. entrance to the camp. IDF troops conduct house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Hebron in the afternoon, and in Hebron and 4 nearby villages, and 1 village nr. Jenin at night; patrols in 2 villages nr. Hebron and in Jenin and Jenin r.c. at night. Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in Dayr Istya village nr. Salfit, leaving “price-tag” graffiti. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians open fire on an Israeli vehicle nr. Nablus, causing damage but no injuries. (AFP, HA 1/15; MNA, PCHR, ToI 1/16)

In comments delivered after a meeting of PLO leaders in Ramallah, PLO Secy.-Gen. Rabbuh says that the peace process with Israel has reached an impasse and accuses Netanyahu of “deception and fraud.” Another PLO official Tayseer Khaled says that the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is “dangerous.” (JP 1/15)