Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In the West Bank, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops conduct raids in Dahaysha refugee camp near Bethlehem, sparking clashes with Palestinian youths; 1 Palestinian is injured. They also confiscate a car and arrest 1 Palestinian during late-night raids near Nablus and Hebron. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 3 Palestinians during raids in Silwan. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats near Bayt Lahiya, causing no damage or injuries. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians attempting to cross into Israel. (MNA, TOI, WAFA 8/16; PCHR 8/24)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for a 3d day in a row, allowing Muslim worshippers to pass through on their pilgrimage to Mecca. (TOI 8/16; MNA 8/17; OCHA 9/14)