Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unidentified Palestinians fire 1 Qassam rocket fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. Fearing Israel could stage a major retaliation for the recent spike in rocket and mortar fired, Hamas once again (see 12/30) appeals to Gaza factions to observe a cease-fire. Late in the evening, the IDF carries out 4 air strikes on s. Gaza, assassinating senior Islamic Jihad mbr. Muhammad Najjar as he rides a motorcycle and striking an IQB site s. of Gaza City, as well as hitting an Islamic Jihad training site nr. Khan Yunis and a PA naval police building in Nussayrat r.c., causing damage but no injuries. Meanwhile, Israeli naval vessels detain 4 Palestinian fishermen sailing off the Gaza coast, releasing 3 and arresting 1. (Guardian, NYT, WP 1/12; PCHR 1/13; OCHA 1/14)