Monday, September 05, 2005

Explosion in Shijaia

At 8.10 pm a large explosion took place in Shijaia in Gaza city resulting in four deaths and over 30 injuries, five of which are said to be "critical". Four houses near the site of the blast were badly damaged. The explosion appears to be the consequence of a "work accident".

Palestinian Reporting.

Al Barahma and Tufah observation posts

At 7.30 pm the IDF started dismantling Al Barahma observation post in Rafah and Tufah observation post in western Khan Younis.
Palestinian Reporting.

Rafah observation post

The IDF has started dismantling the observation post next to Salah El Din gate.

Palestinian Reporting

PA security officials tour the settlements

According to Haaretz, senior Palestinian security officials including Major General Suleiman Helles were today escorted by the IDF around the former settlements. The tour was designed to familiarise the PA with the areas and to pave the way for an orderly deployment of Palestinian security forces following the final Israeli withdrawal.

Haaretz reports that the settlements could be handed over to Palestinian control as early as next week.

Israeli Reporting

Gaza terminals

Today, 200 Palestinian workers entered Israel and 70 factory owners into Erez industrial zone. In addition 100 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 opened each day since Monday, 22 August when they closed to coincide with the evacuation of Netzarim.

Palestinian Reporting

Protest Update

All the roads that were previously blocked have now reopened - Coastal road, Beit Hanoun-Salah El Din junction and the northern bypass road. Clashes took place in Khan Younis between the protesting workers and Palestinian police with injuries reported to 18 police officers and 5 workers. The situation is now reported to be calming down in Khan Younis.

Palestinian Reporting

Ongoing protests throughout Gaza

Protests are ongoing throughout the Gaza strip at the current time :

*Labourers in Khan Younis have blocked Jalaa street with burning tyres.
*Labourers have blocked the bypass road near Al Nada towers in Beit Lahia.
*Preventative Security Forces (PSF) and Military Intelligence have blocked Salah El Din at Beit Hanoun junction and are stopping the movement of all PA officials to Erez crossing.
*The coastal road is expected to be closed again at noon by Palestinian police forces.
*The prisoners families will remain outside the ICRC Offices and will not march on the PLC building (as recently reported)

Palestinian Reporting

Coastal Road

The Coastal road has now reopened in both directions.

Palestinian Reporting

Prisoner Protests

Up to 500 people are currently congregating in front of the ICRC offices in JalaĆ” street and will march to the PLC building in Gaza City. They are requesting the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

Palestinian Reporting

Home Made Rocket

At 06.45 am this morning, one home made rocket was fired from the North West of Nahil Oz crossing targetting an IDF observation balloon. It exploded in mid air and no injuries were reported.

Palestinian Reporting

Protests in Northern Gaza

Up to 100 protestors from the Labour Committees are burning tyres at the northern entrance to Jabalia camp near Sheikh Zaid city. They are protesting about the lack of job opportunities from the PA.

Palestinian Reporting

Gaza DCL

The Gaza DCL is relocating its offices on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and will be unable to receive faxes or e-mails. Contact will however still be available via mobile phones:

Major Uri Singer 0506 246 406
Lt Ereli Eran 0506 246 624
Sec Lt Ira Shiran 0577 742191 Office: 0577 649 182 / 0577 742 191

The DCL is also giving prior warning that they will be closed for several days during forthcoming Jewish holidays and that advance coordination should take place to ensure requests are met:

October 3-6, 12-13, 17-18, 25-26.

Palestinian Reporting

Mortar shell fired into Israel

Israeli media is reporting that at 09.05 am one mortar shell landed inside Israel from the north of Gaza's borders. No injuries are reported.

Israeli Reporting ( Haaretz).

Abu Houli junction

Abu Houli Junction closed at 07.25 this morning. The junction had opened at 11.10 pm on Sunday.
Palestinian Reporting

Coastal road closed

At 07.15 am, the coastal road next to Al Zahra area was closed by a group of policemen protesting about salaries and allowances.

Palestinian Reporting.

PA forces to enter Gush Katif

Israeli media reported on Sunday evening that PA security forces will be able to enter the former Gush Katif block later this week following the complete withdrawal of IDF forces from the area .

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

IDF soldier injured in fall

At 10.00 pm on Sunday, the Israeli media reported that an IDF soldier was moderately injured when falling from a building in the Gaza strip. The exact whereabouts of the incident still remain unknown.
Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)

Explosions heard in Beit Hanun

At 12.15 am explosions were heard in Beit Hanun city from the nearby northern Gaza settlement block. A school window was broken as a result of those explosions, which relate to the continuing dismantlement of the settlement units.
Palestinian Reporting

Explosion in Sheikh Radwan

At 09.10 pm on Sunday, an explosion was heard in the Sheikh Radwan area of Gaza city. It is believed that the explosion related to a "work accident".

Palestinian Reporting