Friday, February 4, 2000

In the West Bank, Palestinian residents of Jalud, al-Mughir, Qaryut, Turmusaya villages scuffle with Jewish settlers fr. nearby Shafut Rahil, who begin plowing under plots owned by the villagers. IDF troops intervene to break up the fight. (AYM 2/5 in WNC 2/10)

In s. Lebanon, IDF helicopters fire rockets at the car of Hizballah's top military cmdr. Ibrahim `Aql, slightly injuring `Aql, 6 civilians. The failed assassination attempt was meant as retaliation for the recent series of fatal Hizballah attacks on IDF, SLA targets. (RL 2/4, AFP 2/5 in WNC 2/7; NYT 2/7; JP, MEI 2/11; JP 2/18) (see 1/31)

The SLA evacuates Sujud post in s. Lebanon. The IDF calls the withdrawal a tactical maneuver. (RL 2/4 in WNC 2/7)

In Jeddah, Iran, Saudi Arabia hold talks on expanding bilateral trade. (SA 2/5 in WNC 2/10)