Friday, February 14, 2003

The IDF demolishes 14 Palestinian homes in Rafah, 2 in al-Mughraqa; fires on residential areas of Rafah. (PCHR 2/20)

After 6 days of mtgs. in Ramallah with the Quartet reps. of the EU, Russia, the UN (the U.S. declines to send a rep.), Arafat publicly declares his intention to appoint a PM. (HA, MM, WT 2/14; NYT, WP 2/15; MM 2/17, 2/18, 2/20; MEI 2/21)

At the UNSC, UN weapons inspectors give their 2d report on Iraq, saying that they have not found any evidence of WMDs, there is no “convincing evidence” that Iraq is evading inspections, but Iraq has not accounted for all of the weapons it was believed to have held previously. An irate Powell reiterates U.S. claims that Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction, duping the inspectors. (HA, MM 2/14; NYT, WP, WT 2/15; MEI 2/21)