Monday, March 18, 2002

The IDF begins withdrawing fr. Bayt Hanun, Bayt Jala, Bethlehem, Jenin. The IDF fatally shoots 1 Palestinian nr. Netzarim; makes incursions and directs shells, heavy machine gun fire at residential areas in and around Dayr al-Balah, demolishing 2 Palestinian homes; conducts arrest raids in Bayt Umar, al-Jadida; directs heavy machine gun fire at Aida camp. Hamas fires 2 Qassam missiles at Ashkelon, causing no damage. In East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities demolish a Palestinian bus station. (HP 3/18; Mezan, MM, NYT, WP, WT 3/19; LAW 3/20)

Zinni convinces Israel, the PA to resume trilateral security comm. mtgs. (HA, HP 3/18; XIN 3/18 in WNC 3/19; MM, NYT, WP 3/19; QA, XIN 3/19 in WNC 3/20; MEI 3/22)