Monday, December 24, 2007

As a gesture to Abbas, Israel allows 450 Gazans to travel to Bethlehem via the Erez crossing to attend Christmas celebrations. The IDF sends 8 armored vehicles into Gaza n. of Jabaliya r.c. under heavy covering fire; no injuries are reported; troops withdraw by evening. In the West Bank, the IDF patrols in, fires on residential areas of Azun, firing rubber-coated steel bullets at stonethrowing Palestinian youths who confront them, wounding 2 children (ages 6, 16); conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Salfit. Jewish settlers fr. Revava nr. Salfit prevent a Palestinian farmer fr. reaching his land nr. the settlement. (NYT 12/25; OCHA 12/26; PCHR 12/27)