Thursday, February 24, 2005

The IDF fires on a group of Palestinians who attempt to sneak into Israel nr. Gaza’s Sufa crossing to find work, killing 1 Palestinian, detaining 2; conducts arrest raids, house searches in Nablus. A Jewish settler seriously injures a 12-yr.-old Palestinian, a 13-yr.-old Palestinian in a hit-and-run nr. Qalqilya; an Israeli ambulance refuses to evacuate the children to an Israeli hospital, taking them to Nablus instead. Jewish settlers fr. Karme Tzur nr. Hebron seize 25 d. of neighboring Palestinian land to expand their settlement. Some 20 Jewish settlers fr. Kiryat Arba seize 15 dunams (d.; 4 dunams = 1 acre) of Palestinian land to build a settler-only road linking the settlement to the Ibrahimi Mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs, scuffle with Palestinian residents, injuring 3. A Palestinian bystander dies of injuries received during the IDF’s 1/26 assassination of a Hamas mbr. in Qalqilya. (VOP 2/25; PCHR 3/3)

After the Palestinian Council (PC) gives its approval (54–12, with 4 abstentions, 14 not attending), PA Pres. Mahmud Abbas swears in PM Ahmad Qurai‘’s new cabinet. Abbas says that the cabinet’s first main goals will be providing security, reform, holding legislative elections. (AFP, AP, JAZ, MM, PSCT, REU, VOI, VOP 2/24; MM, NYT, WP, WT 2/25; HA, HJ, VOP 2/28; PR 3/2; MEI 3/4)