Monday, November 13, 2006

In Gaza, the IDF launches an air strike destroying an auto dealership in Gaza City, damaging several surrounding homes. Late in the evening in the West Bank, the IDF sends bulldozers, helicopters into ‘Ayn Bayt al-Ma’ r.c., fires on residential areas, occupying several Palestinian homes as observation posts, firing on stone throwing Palestinians who confront the troops (wounding 8), exchanging fire with armed Palestinians, killing 1; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Bethlehem, Qalqilya (confiscating around $11,700, a computer, several cameras fr. a Reuters cameraman). Jewish settlers fr. Ramat Yishai vandalize a Palestinian home in Hebron. Separately, Jewish settlers fr. Tilim settlement prevent Palestinians fr. harvesting their olive groves outside Hebron. (PCHR 11/16)

After a 6th cabinet minister (an independent aligned with Pres. Emile Lahoud) resigns, Siniora convenes the reduced Lebanese cabinet, which unanimously approves the 11/10 UN plan for an international tribunal on the Hariri assassination. Lahoud, Hizballah and its allies denounce the vote, saying it is unconstitutional given the reduced cabinet’s lack of sectarian balance. (NYT, WP 11/14; WT 11/15)