Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Hamas fighter dies in a tunnel collapse in the morning. Along Gaza’s border, IDF troops open fire on Palestinian farmers and bird hunters nr. Gaza City. Off Gaza’s coast, Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats nr. Bayt Lahiya. There are no injuries or damage in either incident. In the West Bank, Israeli forces level land nr. Nablus reportedly to prepare for the construction of new settler residences in the area. IDF troops open fire on 3 Palestinians outside Beit El settlement nr. Ramallah, injuring 1 moderately. They also arrest 2 Palestinians and issue 2 arrest summons during raids nr. Jericho and Qalqilya, as well as in and around Bethlehem; and patrol nr. Hebron and Nablus during the day. (JP, MNA, TOI, WAFA 10/22; MNA 10/23; PCHR 10/27)

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah border crossing for the 4th day in a row, allowing passage in both directions. They had planned to keep the crossing open only 4 days in a row, but decide to extend it an additional day through 10/23 (see Update). (MNA 10/23)

An Israeli police spokesperson announces that the IDF will impose a general closure on the West Bank and Gaza from midnight tonight through approx. midnight on 10/24, the 1st day of Jewish holiday Simhath Torah. Humanitarian cases will be permitted. (HA, MNA, TOI 10/23)