Sunday, May 30, 2004

The IDF assassinates Izzeddin alQassam Brigades leader Wa’il Nassar, firing missiles at his motorcycle as he drives through Gaza City, also killing his top assistant Muhammad Sarsur (riding with him) and 1 bystander, wounding 9 bystanders. The IDF reopens checkpoints around Nablus to Palestinians over age 35; fires on farmers working a field outside Gaza’s Gadid settlement, wounding 1; demolishes a Palestinian home in Husan nr. Bethlehem; raids Ramallah, firing on residential areas, raiding the shari‘a court, arresting 1 Palestinian, wounding 4; conducts arrest raids nr. Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarm. 3 Jewish settlers fr. Tekoa nr. Bethlehem beat, seriously injure a Palestinian farmer grazing sheep nr. the settlement. Jewish settlers fr. Hebron, escorted by IDF troops, throw stones, bottles at local Palestinians, their homes. (NYT, WP, WT 5/30; VOI, VOP 5/30 in WNC 6/1; MM 6/1; PR 6/2; PCHR 6/3; al-Quds 6/3 in WNC 6/5)