Friday, March 19, 2004

Hamas detonates a roadside bomb nr. Mughraqa, disabling an IDF tank, injuring 4 soldiers. In response, the IDF demolishes 5 Palestinian homes in Mughraqa. The IDF also fires on residential areas of Khan Yunis (killing a 7-yr.-old Palestinian girl playing outside her home), Rafah (wounding an 8-yr.-old boy); demolishes a Palestinian home in Bethlehem; conducts arrest raids nr. Hebron, Netzarim settlement. A Palestinian youth attempts to stab an Israeli border policeman in Jerusalem; is shot, wounded, arrested. AMB gunmen fatally shoot George Khoury, son of a prominent Israeli Arab attorney, nr. East Jerusalem’s French Hill settlement, mistaking him for a Jewish settler; AMB issues an apology to the family, calling Khoury a martyr. Another Palestinian dies of injuries received during the IDF missile attack on Rafah on 3/17. (MM 3/19; VOP 3/19 in WNC 3/23; NYT, WP, WT 3/20; NYT, WP, WT 3/21; PR 3/24; HA, PCHR 3/25)