Sunday, September 17, 2017

Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian agricultural lands near Khan Yunis, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians and issue 1 arrest summons during late-night raids near Qalqilya and Salfit, and patrol near Tulkarm, Hebron, and Qalqilya. In East Jerusalem, Israeli forces arrest 8 Palestinians during late-night raids in Shu‘fat refugee camp, Issawiyya, and al-Tur. (PCHR 9/21)

Following another round of talks in Cairo, both internal and with Egyptian intelligence officials, Hamas releases a statement pledging to dismantle the administrative committee established earlier this year, to allow the PA to resume operations in Gaza, to resume reconciliation talks with Fatah, and to participate in general elections. Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad, who is also in Cairo, welcomes Hamas’s statement and says that Hamas and Fatah are set to take tangible steps toward reconciliation, including bringing PA control back to Gaza, in the coming days. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA 9/17; NYT 9/19; AFP 9/22)