Sunday, February 27, 2011

Palestinians fire 1 homemade Qassam rocket and 1 mortar fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. A mysterious explosion s. of Gaza City kills 1 Islamic Jihad mbr., wounds 2. Islamic Jihad accuses Israel of staging an air strike, but the IDF denies an attack. A smuggling tunnel on the Rafah border collapses, injuring 3 Palestinians. In the West Bank, the IDF levels 5 dunams (d.; 4 d. = 1 acre) of agricultural land nr. Salfit; sets up a checkpoint at the entrance to Araqa village nr. Jenin, searching vehicles and summoning 4 Palestinians for questioning; patrols in 4 villages nr. Tulkarm and 1 nr. Ramallah. (AFP, IsRN 2/27; WP 2/28; PCHR 3/3; OCHA 3/4)

A govt.-appointed Israeli panel charged in 2008 with investigating the 7/22/02 assassination of Hamas military leader Salih Shihada in a massive air strike on a residential area of Gaza City that killed 19 bystanders and wounded some 140 (mostly women and children) concludes that the operation was flawed by putting too much emphasis on killing Shihada and not enough on the “risk of harm to uninvolved civilians,” but “did not stem from disregard or indifference to human lives.” (NYT 2/28)