Fw: ALEF: Latest Developments No. 47 - Wednesday 1 November 2000
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>Subject: Latest Developments No. 47 - Wednesday 1 November 2000
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>Latest Developments No. 47 - Wednesday 1 November 2000
>Web posted 11:45pm (GMT+2), Ramallah, West Bank
>September 2000 Clashes Information Center
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>Late this evening, the Israeli military attacked with tanks, heavy
>machine gun fire and linked automatic 40mm 'launched' grenades
>residential areas in Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, Al Khader, Tulkarem,
>Mentar Crossing in Gaza, Jericho, Al Bireh and Betunia. Israeli
>attack helicopters also attacked the cities of Jericho, Al Khader.
>and Beit Jala with LAW rockets.
>A strict Israeli imposed closure remains in place throughout the
>West Bank and Gaza Strip. Clashes erupted in a number of areas
>this afternoon, with 6 Palestinians killed and 170 injured .
>Intensified Israeli settler attacks on Palestinian residents either
>travelling on major roads, attempting to harvest olive orchards, or in
>residential areas have become a daily and nightly occurrence.
>More alarmingly, Israeli settlers shooting at protesters alongside
>the Israeli military has become a common phenomena.
>Ahmad Salman Tayeh, 15 years old from Shate' (Beach) Refugee
>Camp, was shot and killed today by live ammunition to his head at
>Mentar Crossing, Gaza.
>Ibrahim Riziq Marzouk Omar, 15 years old from Shate' (Beach)
>Refugee Camp, was shot and killed today by live ammunition to his
>chest at Mentar Crossing, Gaza.
>Mohammad Ibrahim Hajaj, 17 years old from Shuja'iyeh, Gaza City,
>was shot and killed today by 50mm ammunition to his face at
>Mentar Crossing, Gaza.
>Mohammad Mahmoud Al Hroub, 27 years old an officer from the
>Palestinian Force 17, from Deir Samet, Hebron was killed this
>afternoon in Al Khader, Bethlehem.
>Wa'el Mohammad Shu'aib Ghneim, 28 years old from Al Khader,
>was killed today after being shot in the chest by an Israeli attack
>helicopter while standing in front of his home.
>Marwan Tay'eh Joum'a Assaf, 21 years old from Wadi Kofin,
>Bethlehem, was killed this evening in Al Khader.
>Clashes erupted this afternoon at the northern entrance of Al Bireh,
>at the entrance of Jalazoune Refugee Camp and in the village of
>Deir Nitham, after the funeral of 17 year old Tha'er Ibrahim Zaid from
>Jalazoune Refugee Camp, who was shot and killed yesterday as a
>result of live ammunition to his abdomen. At least 40 Palestinians
>were injured in the clashes. Late this evening, heavy machine gun
>fire and linked automatic 40mm 'launched' grenades were randomly
>directed at residential areas of Al Bireh, near the Pisgot
>At the time of writing, Israeli attacks from the nearby military base
>of Ofra on residential areas of Betunia continue from heavy
>machine gun fire and linked automatic 40mm 'launched' grenades.
>Israeli attack helicopters continue to hover over the city of
>At approximately 8:30 PM, Israeli settlers from Bet El and soldiers
>surrounded the Jalazoune Refugee Camp and attacked residents.
>Clashes erupted this afternoon at the Mentar Crossing following the
>funerals for Mahmoud Ahmad Ghali Abu Al Khair, Mohammad
>Hillis, Hazem Moussa Abu Daf, Shadi Awwad Odeh, all killed
>yesterday. Three Palestinians were killed this afternoon as a
>result of the clashes. Ahmad Salman Tayeh, 15 years old from
>Shate' (Beach) Refugee Camp, was shot and killed by live
>ammunition to his head. Ibrahim Riziq Marzouk Omar, 15 years
>old from Shate' (Beach) Refugee Camp, was shot and killed by live
>ammunition to his chest. Mohammad Ibrahim Hajaj, 17 years old
>from Shuja'iyeh, Gaza City, was shot and killed by 50mm
>ammunition to his face. At least 40 Palestinians were injured, 8 of
>which are in extremely critical condition. Brief exchange of fire
>occurred afterwards at Mentar Crossing, followed by tank and
>artillery shelling of the area by the Israeli military.
>In Rafah, clashes erupted during the day, with several Palestinians
>injured, including 13 year old Abdel Aziz Ali Shaheen, who was
>shot twice by rubber coated steel bullets to his chest. After being
>shot, Abdel Aziz was abducted by Israeli soldiers and held for
>several hours, before being handed over to the International
>Committee of the Red Cross. No medical care was administered
>while he was taken by the Israeli authorities, leaving him in critical
>In Deir Al Balah, near the Israeli settlement of Kfar Darom, a
>Palestinian pedestrian was shot by Israeli soldiers with live
>ammunition and remains in critical condition. No clashes occurred
>in the area.
>Clashes erupted this evening at the Tufah Junction in Khan Younis,
>with at least 8 Palestinians injured from live ammunition, and 8
>from rubber coated steel bullets.
>No clashes were reported today in Nablus. Israeli settlers attacked
>Palestinian farmers in the villages of Orif, Deir Al Hattab, Salem
>and Huwarra, which remains under Israeli imposed curfew for the
>25th day. In Huwarra, 18 year old Sa'id Al Safadi and 37 year old
>Saleh Al Safadi were shot by Israeli settlers, both in extremely
>critical condition. Sa'id was shot in the neck by live ammunition
>and Saleh was shot in the chest by live ammunition. At least 8
>Palestinians were injured while driving in their cars as a result of
>Israeli settler attacks outside of the village of Huwarra, on the main
>In the villages of Orif, Deir Al Hattab and Salem, Israeli settlers
>chased and shot at Palestinian farmers harvesting olives in their
>olive orchards. The farmers were subsequently prevented from
>entering the orchards. Residents in the area report that the
>settlers gathered the olives picked by the farmers and then
>proceeded to destroy all the olive trees.
>Clashes erupted this afternoon near Al Bilal Mosque in Bethlehem,
>resulting in the injury of 5 Palestinians. In the morning, Israeli
>settlers alongside Israeli soldiers, attacked the village of Al Khader.
>Four schools were closed down as Israeli settlers prevented
>children from reaching their schools. Mohammad Mahmoud Al
>Hroub, 27 years old and an officer in the Palestinian Force 17, was
>killed this afternoon in Al Khader, and 12 Palestinians injured, after
>which exchange of fire was reported between Palestinian police
>and Israeli soldiers. An Israeli officer and a soldier were killed in
>the confrontation, with four Israeli soldiers lightly wounded. The
>Israeli military then used tanks and heavy artillery fire in random
>attacks against the village, destroying at least 10 homes and
>injuring 20 Palestinians. Later in the afternoon, at least 2 Israeli
>attack helicopters randomly shelled residential areas in the village,
>killing Wa'el Mohammad Shu'aib Ghneim, 26 years old from Al
>Khader, who was shot in the chest by an Israeli attack helicopter
>while standing in front of his home. At least 10 other homes were
>damaged, and 2 homes burnt completely. Attacks continued for
>several hours. Ambulances were also subjected to direct heavy
>machine gun fire, preventing them from reaching the village to reach
>those injured, forcing residents to use private vehicles to transport
>the injured. At least 7 Palestinians are reported to be in extremely
>critical condition. Late this evening, Marwan Tay'eh Joum'a Assaf,
>21 years old from Wadi Kofin, Bethlehem, was reported killed as a
>result of the attacks.
>Early in the evening, heavy artillery, tanks and attack helicopters
>were used by the Israeli military to shell the towns of Beit Jala, Beit
>Sahour and Aida Refugee Camp. Several homes were damaged
>and many residents reported injured. Attacks continued late into
>Beginning at 3AM this morning, the villages of Silt Al Thaher and Al
>Fandoukomiyeh were raided by hundreds of Israeli soldiers, with
>tanks, armored cars and heavy artillery deployed throughout the
>area. An Israeli imposed curfew was placed on the area, houses
>were raided, and tens of residents were arrested and transferred by
>bus to the nearby settlement of Hormish. Later on in the day, the
>Israeli military ordered residents over the age of 30 to gather at the
>schools in the area. The Girl's school of Silt Al Thaher was
>converted into an Israeli military base, with tanks and armored cars
>deployed in the area, along with bulldozers which placed cement
>blocks throughout the road, closing off all streets in the area of
>both villages. Palestinian residents refused to abide by the orders
>to gather in the schools and the curfew imposed on the area, with a
>number of Palestinian youth attempting to flee the area to avoid
>arrest. Residents of Al Fandoukomiyeh made emergency calls to
>Jenin for ambulances to be sent to the area as there are no
>ambulances in the village. However, any ambulance attempting to
>approach the two villages was subjected to Israeli military fire, and
>prevented from reaching either of the villages.
>At approximately 11:30 PM this evening, the Israeli military called
>on residents of the Sheikh and Abu Sneineh neighborhoods to
>evacuate the area immediately. No further information is available.
>At least 13 Palestinians were injured earlier this evening, with one
>in critical condition.
>Clashes erupted in Salfit late this evening, with Israeli soldiers and
>settlers shooting at residents. No further information is available.
>Israeli settlers attacked this afternoon the villages of Qabalan and
>Nazlit Issa, causing damage to property and shooting at residents.
>Later, the Israeli military raided the two villages, launching an arrest
>campaign, searching homes and damaging property in the
>process. Outside the city of Tulkarem, near Khadoureh College,
>the Israeli military shot from a nearby military post with heavy
>machine gun fire and linked automatic 40mm 'launched' grenades
>into the area and in the direction of the college, which only
>resumed classes two days ago after previous Israeli attacks. Fires
>started around the college as a result of the assault. Heavy
>artillery and tanks also shelled residential areas in the city of
>Tulkarem, causing damage to tens of houses and one school, with
>electricity and phone lines subsequently cut. Fires were also
>the Fadliyeh School and the office of the Regional Agricultural Affairs,
>affiliated to the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, after being
>subjected to direct heavy machine gun fire. Tawfik Hassan Abu
>Thareef, a Palestinian in his late 40s, was directly hit by heavy
>machine gun fire while attempting to evacuate a family from their
>nearby home. He is reported to be in extremely critical condition
>and is presently undergoing surgery. The total number of
>Palestinians injured in Tulkarem is not known as of yet.
>Armed confrontations took place this afternoon in Jericho, with one
>Israeli officer killed. The Israeli military shelled late in the evening
>Aqbat Jaber Refugee Camp with heavy artillery, tanks and at least
>two LAW missiles from attack helicopters. No information on
>injuries and damage is available.
>Clashes erupted this afternoon in Qalandia Refugee Camp, Al Ram
>and Shufat. No information on injuries is available. An intense
>arrest campaign by the Israeli authorities continues throughout
>areas in Jerusalem.
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