Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Quartet holds a planned meeting in Munich. Backing away fr. making a substantive statement reaffirming 1967 borders as the basis of negotiations and calling on Israel to halt settlement construction (see 1/19), it issues a statement urging Israel and the Palestinians to move quickly toward final status in light of the unrest in Egypt, saying a prolonged impasse would undermine regional stability. (HA 2/5)

IDF troops on the Gaza border e. of Gaza City and n. of Bayt Lahiya fire warning shots at Palestinians scavenging for construction materials nr. the border fence, wounding 3. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in 1 village nr. Tulkarm in the morning and 1 nr. Jericho late at night; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jenin in the morning and nr. Hebron, Jenin, and Ramallah late at night. (PCHR 2/10; OCHA 2/11)