Monday, May 15, 2006

The IDF fires missiles fr. a drone at a car driving in Abasan, wounding 3 AMB mbrs., 1 bystander in an attempted assassination, also damaging several stores; shells n. Gaza, injuring a 50-yr.-old farmer working his field nr. Bayt Lahiya; sends 2 tanks and a bulldozer into Gaza to level land along the border nr. Bayt Hanun for construction of the border fence; sends troops into Hawara, imposes a curfew; patrols in Nablus, firing on residential areas; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron, Jenin. A leaflet signed by the AMB warns that “we won’t remain idle in the face of the siege imposed on the Palestinian people by Israel, the U.S., and other countries. . . . We will strike at the economic and civilian interests of these countries, here and abroad.” ARB spokesman Abu Harun also threatens that the ARB would launch “a merciless intifada that will destroy everything” if international funding is not restored soon. (IMEMC 5/15; JP 5/16; PCHR 5/18)