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Cablegate: Wb/G Sitrep: One Idf Soldier Injured in Gush Katif

Published: Thu 28 Apr 2005 04:48 PM
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 002655
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NEA FOR FRONT OFFICE; NEA/SA/EX FOR RICHIE; DEPT FOR
DS/IP/ITA; DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA; NSC FOR ABRAMS/DANIN; USAID
FOR DCHA, DCHA/FPP
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KWBG PHUM PREL PTER ASEC CASC GZ IS
SUBJECT: WB/G SITREP: ONE IDF SOLDIER INJURED IN GUSH KATIF
DISENGAGEMENT PROTEST - APRIL 28, (1300 HOURS LOCAL)
This is a joint ConGen Jerusalem/Embassy Tel Aviv cable.
1. (SBU) Summary: IDF troops arrested two Palestinian minors
at the Jalama checkpoint, east of Jenin, April 27, whom the
troops claimed were planning to carry out an attack inside
Israel. Two bags loaded with explosives were found with the
two youths, one of whom claimed that he was dispatched by
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to carry out an attack inside
Israel, while his companion said that he was sent by the
al-Aqsa Martyrs, Brigades to carry out a double suicide
bombing. According to Palestinian media, sources in both PIJ
and the al-Aqsa Martyrs, Brigades denied responsibility,
saying that they are committed to the declared ceasefire. In
Gaza, shrapnel injured one IDF soldier when Palestinian
militants fired a mortar at an anti-disengagement protest as
it passed near Neve Dekalim. Although the Yesha Council,
which organized the protest march, claimed that some 100,000
people would arrive in 600 buses rented for the purpose,
Israeli police estimated the crowd at no more than 30,000.
UNRWA staff reported that they observed some 52 buses
arriving and leaving Gaza along the main settler access point
at Kissufim. End Summary.
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West Bank
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2. (SBU) ATTACKS/SECURITY:
-- Deaths/Injuries: Nil.
-- Arrests: According to Palestinian sources, IDF troops
arrested two Palestinian minors at the Jalama checkpoint,
east of Jenin, April 27. IDF sources said that the two were
planning to carry out an attack inside Israel and that two
bags loaded with explosives were found with the two
Palestinians. Palestinian press sources said that one of the
youths told reporters before being taken into custody by the
IDF that he was dispatched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
to carry out an attack inside Israel, while his companion
said that he was sent by the al-Aqsa Martyrs, Brigades to
carry out a double suicide bombing. According to Palestinian
media, sources in both PIJ and the al-Aqsa Martyrs, Brigades
denied responsibility, saying that they are committed to the
declared ceasefire.
-- Arrests: According to Palestinian media, IDF forces
entered Nablus and conducted searches April 27. Two Fatah
members were arrested.
-- Arrests: According to Palestinian reports, IDF forces
arrested a Palestinian member of Fatah in the village of Bani
Na,im, near Hebron, while five other members of Fatah were
arrested in the village of Yatta, south of Hebron, April 27.
-- Attacks: According to Palestinian reports, four
Palestinians were attacked and beaten by settlers in Hebron's
Old city, April 27.
3. (SBU) SECURITY INCIDENTS:
-- According to Palestinian sources, Palestinian gunmen
opened fire towards an IDF position near the Palestinian
village of Turmus Ayya, close to Ramallah, April 27. No
injuries were reported. IDF forces entered the village in
pursuit of the gunmen, but no arrests were made.
4. (SBU) ROADBLOCKS/CLOSURES:
-- According to Israeli and Palestinian reports, the Israeli
police continue to be on high alert in Jerusalem over a
general threat to carry out an attack in the city April 28.
5. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:
-- According to Palestinian media reports, about 36,000
Palestinian teachers continue to strike for the second day,
April 28, pressing for a pay raise. Thousands of teachers
gathered in front of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime
Minister's office April 27, demanding that the PA implement
the pay raise to which they claim they are entitled in the
civil service law. As of April 28, negotiations between
representatives of teachers and the PA cabinet have failed to
reach a compromise on the issue.
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Gaza
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6. (SBU) ATTACKS:
-- Deaths: Nil.
-- Injuries: The IDF reported that shrapnel lightly wounded
one soldier April 27, when Palestinian militants fired a
mortar shell at an anti-disengagement demonstration in Gush
Katif (see "Political Developments" and "Mortars/Rockets").
UNRWA reported that two of the mortars aimed at Neve Dekalim
fell short and landed in a Palestinian area. Two houses were
damaged, but no injuries were reported, according to UNRWA.
-- Mortars/Rockets: The IDF reported that Palestinian
militants fired a total of nine mortar shells and at least
one Qassam rocket at IDF and Israeli settler targets in the
Gaza Strip April 27-28.
-- Shootings: The IDF reported that Palestinians launched two
shooting attacks in Gaza April 27-28.
7. (SBU) BORDER CROSSINGS:
-- Route Four (Salahadeen Road), the main north-south traffic
artery, closed at 0830 hours April 28 at Abu Khouli, after
re-opening for two hours in the morning. Gaza remained
divided into two parts for the second day.
-- Erez Crossing was open for internationals but not for
Palestinian laborers April 27.
-- The Erez Industrial Zone was closed April 27.
-- Sufa Crossing was closed for Palestinian laborers April
28, but was open for the import of aggregates used in
construction.
-- Karni Terminal was open, but operating slowly April 28.
-- Rafah Terminal was open for arrivals and departures April
28.
-- Tel al-Sultan checkpoint was closed April 28. Toufah
checkpoint was open for residents of al-Mowassi, except males
aged 16-30.
8. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:
-- Israeli media reported that the Yesha Settlers Council
organized an influx of disengagement opponents April 27 to
the Gaza Strip to participate in a mass march in Gush Katif
and through the al-Mowassi Palestinian area to protest the
Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Although the Council claimed
that some 100,000 people would arrive in 600 buses rented for
the purpose, Israeli police estimated the crowd at no more
than 30,000. UNRWA staff reported that they observed some 52
buses arriving and leaving Gaza along the main settler access
point at Kissufim. Shrapnel injured one IDF soldier when
Palestinian militants fired a mortar at the demonstration
when it passed near Neve Dekalim (see "Injuries" and
"Mortars/Rockets").
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