Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the West Bank, IDF troops deliver demolition notices to several homes in al-Mughayyir nr. Ramallah, sparking clashes with stone-throwing residents; 1 Palestinian is injured. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya on 3 separate occasions, causing no damage or injuries. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 4 Palestinians during raids in al-Ram and Anata r.c. (WAFA 6/27; PCHR 7/6)

Hamas accuses Israel of fabricating claims of rocket fire on 6/26 to justify air strikes on the group’s military sites. “The Israeli claim of a rocket being fired from Gaza . . . justify[ing] the escalation and an attack of resistance positions are part of a dangerous and transparent Israeli game,” a statement reads. (MNA 6/27)

After 3 days of cross-border violence in the Golan Heights, the IDF declares an area along the border a closed military zone, barring most civilians from entering (farm workers are allowed to continue their work). The move comes in response to the growing crowds of tourists, both local and foreign, at an observation point overlooking Qunaytra. One business owner in the area calls it “war tourism.” (HA 6/27)