Saturday, May 2, 2009

Palestinians fire several mortars fr. Gaza into Israel, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF responds with air strikes on several smuggling tunnels on the Rafah border, killing 2 Palestinians inside a tunnel. IDF troops also make an incursion into Gaza e. of Jabaliya, firing on houses and agricultural areas, while artillery inside Israel shells the area; IDF troops withdraw after nearly 5 hrs., causing no reported injuries. IDF troops on the s. Gaza border fire on Palestinian farmers working their fields nr. Khuza village nr. the border, lightly wounding 1. IDF troops on the n. Gaza border fire on Palestinian homes and agricultural land northeast of Bayt Hanun, causing no reported injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches nr. Bethlehem. (WT 5/3; OCHA 5/6; PCHR 5/7)