Sunday, May 19, 2013

Off the coast of the Gaza Strip, Israeli naval vessels attack Palestinian fishermen at sea nr. Bayt Lahiya, arresting 2. In the West Bank, between Ramallah and Dayr Jarir, Israeli forces attack Palestinians attempting to unblock a road closed by the Israeli military the day before, causing no injuries. IDF troops also attack Palestinians demonstrating in al-Jalazun r.c. nr. Ramallah in solidarity with prisoners, injuring 3. The IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Jenin in the morning, and in 2 villages nr. Bethlehem, 2 villages nr. Hebron, 1 village nr. Jenin and 1 village nr. Nablus at night; patrols in 1 village nr. Jenin in the morning, 1 village nr. Ramallah in the afternoon, and in 2 villages nr. Jenin and 1 village nr. Tulkarm at night. (MNA 5/19; PCHR 5/23)

Egyptian police keep the Rafah crossing closed for a 3d consecutive day, and also close the al-Awja border crossing, used to transfer goods between Egypt and Israel, in protest at the kidnapping of security officers by suspected Islamists. The kidnappers post a video online which shows their 7 captives and urges the govt. to meet their demands. (AP, MNA, REU 5/19)