Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Abbas issues a presidential decree banning all militias, including the AMB, which vows to ignore the order. Meanwhile, the IDF withdraws fr. an area n. of Jabaliya r.c. occupied on 6/22; bulldozes 3 plots of Palestinian land nr. the Erez crossing, the border fence e. of Dayr al-Balah, and the Sufa crossing. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza City coast, forcing them back to shore. In the West Bank, the IDF raids Jenin r.c., surrounds the home of a wanted Islamic Jihad mbr., sparking an exchange of gunfire that leaves 1 Palestinian bystander (a relative of the wanted man) dead; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Balata r.c. (firing percussion grenades that spark a fire, damaging a restaurant) and nr. Bethlehem, Hebron. Jewish settlers fr. Beit Hadasah severely beat a 13-yr.-old Palestinian boy in Hebron. (OCHA, WP 6/27; PCHR, WP 6/28)