Monday, January 4, 2016

In Jabal Mukabir, Israeli forces punitively demolish and seal with cement the respective homes of 2 Palestinians killed in confrontations with Israeli forces on 10/13/2015 (Israeli authorities initially planned to demolish both homes, but it was later proven that the 2d home belonged to the deceased’s sister). Meanwhile, Israeli forces shoot and injure a Palestinian nr. the Old City after he allegedly attempts to attack a group of Jewish Israelis (1 Israeli is lightly injured during the confrontation). Israeli forces also arrest 2 Palestinians in the Old City on suspicion that they were planning a stabbing attack and 2 Palestinians on raids in Sur alBahir and Silwan. In the West Bank, more than 2,000 Palestinians attend a funeral in a village nr. Ramallah. A number of stone-throwing mourners then clash with IDF troops in the area; 11 Palestinians are injured. The IDF conducts raids and house searches in 1 village nr. Jenin, 1 nr. Tulkarm, and 4 nr. Hebron, arresting 7 Palestinians and issuing an arrest summons to 1; patrols in 1 village each nr. Hebron, Ramallah, and Qalqilya. Israeli settlers assault and injure a Palestinian taxi driver nr. Jenin. In Gaza, IDF troops stationed along the border fence open fire on Palestinian farmers attempting to work e. of Gaza City, causing no injuries or damage. (HA, MNA, TOI, WAFA, YA 1/4; PCHR 1/7)

Hezbollah operatives target 2 IDF vehicles in a bomb attack nr. Shaba‘a Farms along the Israel-Lebanon border, causing a disputed number of injuries and damage. The attack is reportedly retaliation for the 12/20 killing of a senior Hezbollah officer, Samir Kuntar. (HA, JP, NYT, YA 1/4)