Saturday, May 5, 2007

The IDF releases 3 Palestinian farmers fr. Bayt Lahiya arrested on 5/4; sends troops into Gaza to level land along the border fence nr. ‘Abasan. Retaliating for the death of 2 mbrs. on 5/4, Islamic Jihad fires 3 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel, damaging a house in Sederot, but causing no injuries; the IDF sends troops into Gaza n. of Bayt Lahiya to capture the Islamic Jihad mbrs., wounding and arresting 1. A Palestinian is killed in Jabaliya r.c. when explosives he is handling detonate prematurely. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Jenin town and r.c., Nablus, and nr. Bethlehem. Jewish settlers fr. Eli settlement nr. Nablus occupy a Palestinian home, leave after several hrs. when the IDF intervenes. Jewish settlers fr. Hebron detain, beat a Palestinian traveling by their settlement. Separately, Jewish settlers fr. Bayt Hadasah in Hebron beat an international peace activist escorting a Palestinian woman in the Israeli-controlled section of Hebron (H2). In Tubas, armed Palestinians fire on the local Palestinian Detainees Comm. offices, beat the office manager; no motive is stated. (WT 5/6; OCHA 5/9; PCHR 5/10)