Monday, June 11, 2007

Despite 6/10 cease-fire appeals, serious Fatah-Hamas fighting continues across Gaza, leaving at least 15 Palestinians dead (all believed to be mbrs. of the 2 factions). After Egyptian mediators broker another cease-fire during the day that collapses within hrs., Abbas, Haniyeh issue separate calls for a halt to the fighting. Among the most serious incidents: In Shati‘ r.c., suspected Fatah mbrs. fire an RPG at the home of PM Haniyeh in a predawn attack, causing damage but no injuries (Haniyeh is not home at the time, though his family is). Later in the day, suspected Hamas mbrs. fire a mortar at Pres. Abbas’s Gaza City residence, causing no injuries. In the afternoon, Hamas’s IQB makes a series of major coordinated attacks on Fatah installations across Gaza, dealing Fatah a significant blow in what is seen (see Guardian 6/13) as its 1st attempt to seize power in Gaza. Fatah security forces complain that they have not received orders from cmdrs. on how to respond. Other incidents include a separate attack on Haniyeh’s Gaza City office and the local PC headquarters while the PC is in session, forcing PC mbrs. to flee but causing no injuries; a major ESF raid on the home of senior AMB cmdr. Jamal Abu al-Jidayn, killing him, 4 bodyguards; an ESF raid on Fatah’s main office in Bayt Hanun, confiscating equipment and documents; gun battles in and around Bayt Hanun hospital that leave 4 Fatah mbrs., 1 ESF mbr. dead; a driveby shooting of the Youth and Sports Min. offices in Gaza City. Fatah-Hamas fighting also spreads to the West Bank, where AMB gunmen attack a Change and Reform office in Ramallah, causing no injures; unidentified assailants fire on the Nablus municipal building while a municipal council mtg. is in session (causing no injuries), set fire to the Nablus mayor’s car parked outside his home. On the Israeli-Palestinian front, Palestinians fire 7 rockets fr. Gaza toward Israel, 4 of which land inside Israel, causing no damage or injuries. The IDF demolishes 2 Palestinian homes outside East Jerusalem; conducts arrest raids, house searches in ‘Aqabat Jabir r.c., Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarm. (WP 6/11; BBC, NYT, WP, WT 6/12; Guardian, OCHA 6/13; PCHR 6/14)

As fighting in Nahr al-Barid r.c. continues, a FI mortar hits a Lebanese Red Cross vehicle, killing 2 Red Cross workers, seriously wounding 1. (WP, WT 6/12)