Tuesday, April 17, 2007

In the West Bank, the IDF sends undercover units into Jenin, where they ambush a car driven by AMB mbr. Ashraf Hanaysha, assassinating him, arresting 3 Palestinians traveling with him. In apparent retaliation, AMB gunmen injure 4 Jewish settlers fr. Mod’in Ilit nr. Ramallah in a drive-by shooting. The IDF also conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Jenin, Ramallah, and in ‘Aida r.c., ‘Arub r.c., ‘Askar r.c., Balata r.c., Nablus. Jewish settlers fr. Eli fire on Palestinian shepherds nearby to prevent them fr. grazing nr. the settlement. A Jewish settler fr. the Bethlehem area fires on a group of Palestinian children working in an almond grove, seriously injuring a 13-yr.-old boy with a gunshot to the head. Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian building in Hebron since 3/19 harass local Palestinians. (MM 4/17; NYT, OCHA 4/18; PCHR 4/19)