Thursday, March 29, 2018

Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians armed with a knife and fence cutters after they cross into Israel. They also violently disperse Palestinians throwing stones and protesting along the border fence near al-Bureij refugee camp, Khan Yunis, Gaza City, and Jabaliya refugee camp; 7 Palestinians are injured. Later, Israeli artillery shells an open area along the border near Bayt Hanun, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians during latenight raids in Hebron and patrol near Hebron. (HA, WAFA 3/29; PCHR 4/5)

The Israeli authorities close border crossings in and out of Gaza and the West Bank, with exceptions for humanitarian cases. The closure, put into effect for the Jewish holiday of Passover, is set to continue through 4/7. (MNA, HA, WAFA 3/29)

Israeli PM Netanyahu requests that all members of Knesset (MKs) refrain from visiting Haram al-Sharif in the next 3 mos., indicating that such visits could exacerbate already heightened tensions across the oPt. (HA 3/30)