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Thursday, July 31, 2003

Summary of Past Week's Security Events and Humanitarian Aid

Announcements from the IDF Spokesperson
The West Bank

This past week, IDF forces arrested a total of 47 wanted Palestinians. In addition, IDF forces recorded 15 instances of terrorist gunfire and 5 detonations of explosive devices towards IDF forces.

The IDF is continuing to implement a series of confidence building measures based on the decision of the political echelon -- which will lead to an improvement in the quality of life amongst the Palestinian population.

The more the Palestinians do to foil and prevent terrorism, the more the IDF will be able to ease security restrictions -- thereby further improving the quality of life of the Palestinian population.

23.07.03

IDF special forces arrested Ahmed Mustafa Ahmad Shibani, a wanted member of the Islamic Jihad military wing, near Fahmam south west of Jenin. Shibani, (born in 1972), a resident of the village of Arabah, was involved in numerous terrorist attacks and attempted terrorist acts against Israeli targets.

IDF special forces uncovered a 120mm mortar in Bani Naim, east of Hebron. The bomb was detonated in a controlled explosion.
26.07.03

IDF forces uncovered a 10 kilogram pipe-bomb near Beit Haggai, in the Hebron area. IDF forces uncovered an additional pipe-bomb in the same area. Both were detonated in a controlled explosion.

27.07.03

Easing of Restrictions at Crossings and on Central Routes

The Surda checkpoint was removed, enabling passage from Ramallah northwards.

The Ein Arik checkpoint was removed, enabling passage from Ramallah to the villages to the west.

The roadblocks at Labal Sindak were removed, enabling passage from Hebron to the villages to the south.

Beginning from last weekend, passage was enabled from Palestinian Tekoa to Bethlehem, as well as the villages of Sayir and a-Shayuh.

The passage of vans from the Bani Naim quarries to Hebron has recently been permitted. Blockades of the Beit Cahil bridge have recently been removed, enabling passage from Hebron towards Halhal and the villages to the north (Beit Omar, Idna, Haras and Tarkumiya).

The "Back to Back" crossing (transfer of goods) at Awarta, near Nablus, has recently opened (the Awarte Crossing eases the entry of goods into Nablus). It should be noted that number of vans transporting goods to the city on a daily basis have doubled.

Additional Entry Permits for Palestinian Merchants and Laborers by the Civil Administration

The entry of 2,000 laborers and 2,000 merchants from Bethlehem. It should be noted that the number of entry permits from Bethlehem to Israel have increased from 1,000 to 4,000.

The entry of 500 female laborers from Tul Karem.

Public transport between Nablus and Jenin.

The entry of 500 Christians from Bethlehem into Israel.

28.07.03

IDF forces uncovered a shrapnel-filled explosive device weighing several kilograms in Jelabun, east of Jenin. The device, discovered east of Jenin, utilized a fishing-line tripwire as a detonation mechanism. In addition, three pipe bombs were found in close proximity to the above-mentioned device.

The explosive devices were detonated in a controlled explosion by IDF sappers.

29.07.03

An Israeli child was lightly wounded by terrorist gunfire in a drive-by shooting on a southern Nablus bypass road.

IDF forces seized 4 mortar shells and 3 hand grenades. These were detonated in a controlled explosion by IDF sappers.

Terrorists fired at an IDF vehicle near the Shaked check-point, near Jenin.

30.07.03

IDF undercover forces in Ramallah arrested Hatam Sawity, a senior Islamic Jihad operative.

The Gaza Strip and the Israel-Egypt border

During the past week, IDF forces and Israeli Border police seized approximately 800 kilograms of marijuana, 1,720 kilograms of tobacco, and a vehicle. 3 smugglers were also arrested.

23.7.03

IDF forces observed the attempted firing of two Qassam missiles in the Nir-Am area.

Terrorists fired at an IDF position near the Israeli community of Gadid, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Terrorists fired at an IDF position near the Israeli community of Netzarim. IDF forces returned fire.

24.7.03

Terrorists fired at an IDF position near the Israeli community of Neveh Dekalim, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Terrorists fired at an IDF position near the Israeli community of Gadid, in the southern Gaza Strip.

26.7.03

IDF forces arrested a wanted Palestinian for questioning at a crossing point in Gush Katif.

27.7.03

Terrorists fired at IDF forces near the Israeli community of Neveh Dekalim in the southern Gaza Strip.

Easing of Restrictions at Crossings and Central Routes

The Rafah Crossing will operate between the hours of 8:00 AM and 22:00 PM.

The entry of 18,000 laborers into Israel will be permitted, (an addition of 5,000 entry permits).

The passage of agrigates and the exit of laborers through the Sufa Crossing will be renewed.

28.7.03

IDF forces observed the firing of two mortars at the Israeli community of Netzarim, in the northern Gaza Strip.

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