Friday, February 27, 2009

In the West Bank, the IDF makes an afternoon raid on a home in Bayt Umar nr. Hebron, occupying the upper floor and roof as an observation post for 4 hrs., firing tear gas at Palestinian children who throw stones at them. The IDF also pursues stone-throwing children into al-‘Arub r.c. nr. Hebron at midday, raiding and occupying a home for several hrs.; fires live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and percussion grenades at Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists taking part in a nonviolent demonstration against the separation wall in Bil‘in (10s suffer tear gas inhalation). A Palestinian, shot and wounded by the IDF in Gaza City on 1/13 during OCL, dies. (OCHA 3/3, 3/4; PCHR 3/5)