Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Rafah

Mukhtars and local notables are currently mediating between Hamas members and PA security forces to try and resolve the current tensions.

Palestinian Reporting

Palestinian workers permits

According to Haaretz, Israel will increase the number of permits available for Gazans working in Israeli in the wake of the withdrawal. Haaretz states that Israel plans to raise the number from the present 10,000 to 15,000 by 2006. On the basis of earlier Israeli government statements however, Palestinian labour in Israel will be phased out by 2008.

In the wake of the 12 July Netanya suicide attack and the ongoing disengagement from Gaza, the number of Gazan workers entering Israel on a daily basis has not exceeded 200. (UN sources)

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

Rafah

40 masked Hamas members are currently present in the Shaboura, Tel es Sultan and Jibna areas of Rafah. Similar numbers of Palestinian security forces are in the same areas and there is concern over rising tensions between the two parties in relation to the clashes earlier today.

Palestinian Reporting

Gaza terminals

Today, 108 Palestinian workers entered Israel and 32 factory owners into Erez industrial zone. An additional 85 merchants were allowed to enter Israel.

Patients and "humanitarian" cases are being allowed to cross into Israel with coordination from the Israeli DCL.

Rafah terminal remains open for passenger movement in and out of Gaza, although coordination is still required for Palestinian males aged 16 to 35 years.

Karni and Nahal Oz have been open each day since Monday, 22 August when they closed to coincide with the evacuation of Netzarim.

Palestinian Reporting.

Hamas and Fatah clash in Rafah

Armed clashes between Hamas and Fatah took place in the Haya Salam area of Rafah at 2.30 am this morning. Fatah members tried to prevent Hamas from putting up posters and in the ensuing clashes two Fatah members were injured in exchanges of fire.

Palestinian Reporting.

Women's Union rally

At 10.30 am, the Women's Union organised a rally in Deir el Balah celebrating the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip. The demonstration involved 200 children and mothers.
Palestinian Reporting

Demonstrations

At 10.00 am, a sit in began on Salah el Din street at the Nusairat- Bureij intersection organised by a group representing bereaved families from the last 5 years of conflict. Around 700 persons participated, among them 30 masked gunmen. The gunmen closed Salah el Din street from both directions.
Similar demonstrations are being organised in Gaza city and Jabalia with participants demanding better rights for those who have lost family members.

Palestinian Reporting

Control of former settlement areas

Haaretz is reporting that Israel would like to hand over each evacuated settlement on an individual basis to the PA, rather than in one single transfer. This would enable the Palestinian security forces to establish control of the former settlement areas on a gradual basis and so hopefully prevent large population influxes as is widely expected.

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

Rafah passenger terminal

According to Haaretz, Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is proposing that after the IDF withdrawal from Gaza, Israel should maintain control over the entrance of goods and personnel into Gaza for an interim period of 6 months. People and goods would be able to leave Gaza via Rafah with no Israeli supervision.

Suleiman's suggestion has not been discounted by the PA, according to Haaretz.

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

Abu Houli Junction

Abu Houli junction reopened at 10.45 pm on Monday and closed again at 6.00 am.

Palestinian Reporting

Gunfire reports

At 1.30 am gunfire was heard for 10 minutes to the east of Bureij camp.
Palestinian Reporting

Nisanit observation post

At 10.45 pm IDF started to dismantle the observation post to the south of Nisanit settlement opposite to An Nada towers in Beit Lahia.
Palestinian Reporting

Hamas march in Magazi camp

A Hamas rally took place in Magazi camp last night involving 500 people including 50 masked miliatants. The demonstration was to celebrate the disengagement and to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.
Palestinian Reporting

Continuing settlement demolitions

Just after midnight, ten explosions were heard inside the settlements of Slaw and Morag. According to the DCO office, the IDF were demolishing former settlement homes. Similar explosions were heard shortly afterwards from settlements to the west of Khan Younis.

Palestinian Reporting