Wednesday, June 26, 2002

In Jenin r.c., the IDF fires on children throwing stones at a tank, killing a 6-yr.-old Palestinian boy, wounding a 12-yr.-old; a similar incident in Amari r.c. leaves 2 children wounded. In Hebron, the IDF bulldozes sections of the PA headquarters, shells and fires on others; around 130 PSF officers inside the complex have surrendered since 6/25, 10-40 are still thought to be inside. The IDF also imposes a curfew on Halhul, Hussam; conducts house-to-house searches in Hussam; bulldozes a PSF post, arrests 22 Palestinians in Tubas; fires on a PRCS medical center in Hebron; lifts curfews on Jenin, Ramallah for several hrs.; lifts curfew entirely on al-Funduq. (LAW 6/26; MM, NYT, WP, WT 6/27)

At the G-8 mtgs. in Canada, Bush presses his view that Arafat must go, says that he would cut off all U.S. aid to the Palestinians if they fail to make structural, leadership reforms. (HA, NYT, REU, WP 6/27; AFP, MA 6/27 in WNC 6/28; MM 6/28; SA 6/29 in WNC 7/1; AN 7/8 in WNC 7/9; MEI 7/12)