Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In the Gaza Strip, the IDF opens fire on an open area close to the border fence nr. Jabaliya r.c., causing no damage or injuries. IDF troops also conduct a limited incursion nr. Khan Yunis to level land nr. the border fence. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in al-‘Arub r.c. at night. (PCHR 10/23)

A new round of P5+1 talks get underway, with Iranian negotiators presenting a plan to break the deadlock. Following the day’s discussions, no parties to the talks reveal any details of the proposal. However, the Iranians’ presentation was followed by what was subsequently described by EU spokesperson Michael Mann as the 1st detailed technical talks of their kind. U.S. State Dept. spokesperson Jen Psaki echoed these cautiously optimistic comments, saying there was enough information “to have technical discussions.” Israel’s security cabinet, meanwhile, releases a statement warning the P5+1 group against any partial agreement with Tehran and urging them not to prematurely ease sanctions. (AP, NYT, REU 10/15)