Monday, October 23, 2006

In Gaza, the IDF steps up operations in Bayt Hanun and Bayt Lahiya, sending undercover units to attack a family gathering, assassinating senior PRC cmdr. Atta al-Shinbari in Bayt Hanun, sparking an exchange of gunfire that lasts several hrs., killing another 5 Palestinians (including a PFLP mbr., 3 civilians), wounding 30. IDF officials warn of broader operations in Gaza in the coming wks. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts arrest raids, house searches in and around Jenin. ESF, PSF mbrs. exchange fire in Rafah, wounding 1 Palestinian. (WP 10/24; OCHA 11/1; PCHR 11/2)