Monday, May 7, 2007

The IDF makes an air strike on a car n. of Bayt Hanun allegedly carrying rockets to fire into Israel; 2 Islamic Jihad mbrs. escape unharmed, but a bystander is wounded. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Bayt Lahiya, forcing them to return to shore. Palestinians fire around 4 rockets fr. Gaza into Israel during the day, damaging a home in Sederot, causing no injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF enters Bita nr. Nablus, forces the closure of the local market; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Nablus, nr. Bethlehem (firing on stone-throwing youths who confront the troops, wounding 1) and Jenin, and in and around Hebron, Tulkarm; confiscates 10 d. of Palestinian land e. of Qalqilya for construction of a settler bypass road for Keddumim settlement. (NYT 5/8; OCHA 5/9; PCHR 5/10)