Saturday, December 18, 2010

The IDF makes an air strike on a group of Islamic Jihad and PRC mbrs. preparing to fire a Qassam rocket into Israel, killing 5 armed Palestinians. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in 4 villages (2 nr. Jenin, 1 nr. Qalqilya, 1 nr. Tubas), fences off a plot of Palestinian agricultural land nr. ‘Azun village nr. Qalqilya, denying access to farmers. Jewish settlers fr. Itamar settlement nr. Nablus beat a Palestinian shepherd grazing his flock nr. the settlement, forcing him to flee; the settlers gather the sheep and set fire to them, killing 12 and maiming 7. (HA, REU 12/18; JP, NYT, WP 12/19; OCHA, PCHR 12/23)