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Cablegate: Security Incidents - June 9 - June 15, 2008.

R 190427Z JUN 08
FM AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 1827
INFO AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
AMEMBASSY AMMAN
AMEMBASSY CAIRO

UNCLAS JERUSALEM 001028


DEPARTMENT FOR DS/IP/NEA, DS/IP/ITA, INR AND NEA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ASEC PTER PINR CASC
SUBJECT: SECURITY INCIDENTS - June 9 - June 15, 2008.

1. The following security incidents were compiled from RSO sources,
to include both Israeli and Palestinian security contacts,
government officials and publications. These were gathered over the
previous week and collected in a database. The information is used
by the RSO to determine the security situation and trends of
political, inter-factional and inter-family violence throughout the
West Bank and Gaza. The weekly information is also plotted onto maps
reflecting numbers of different incidents by location. It is also
shared with Post Country Team and OSAC members on a daily basis for
purposes of security awareness and is passed to the Visa Vipers
Coordinator.

2. The following is a list of security incidents for the period of
June 9 - June 15, 2008 for JERUSALEM, the WEST BANK, and GAZA from
the RSO database compiled and maintained by the FSNIs:

Jenin

06/10/08- Jenin: At 0300 hrs, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops
entered the city and conducted a search operation. No injuries were
reported. Jenin Refugee Camp: At 0300 hrs, IDF troops entered the
camp and conducted a search operation. No injuries were reported.

06/11/08- Jenin Refugee Camp: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the
camp and arrested the following six Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
militants: Muhammad Jamal Tubasi (23), Muhammad Abd al-Turkman (19),
Ibrahim Assad Abu Qalafah(30), Muslah Balalu(48), Tha'yr Muslah
Balalu (20), and Ibrahim Muslah Balalu (19). Kufr Dan, northwest of
Jenin: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the village and arrested PIJ
militants Adham Taysyr al-Jamal (21) and Wa'yl Mustafa Abd al-Latif
Abad (19).

06/12/08- Burqin, west of Jenin: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the
village and arrested the following three PIJ militants: Tha'yr Ali
Muhammad Salamah (20), Muhammad Mahmud Qassam Shalamaysh (20), and
Ahmad Yassin Ahmad Yassin Qalaf (21). Maythalun, west of Jenin: At
0200 hrs, IDF entered the village and arrested PIJ militant Tawfayq
Asad Rabay'a (20).

06/13/08- Rumanah, west of Jenin: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered
the village and arrested PIJ militants Amayd Tawfayq Umur (21) and
Hussam Muhammad Bushnaq (34). Al-Far'a Refugee Camp: At 0400 hrs,
IDF troops entered the camp and clashed with locals. During the
clashes, Palestinians threw an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at
the troops. No injuries were reported. IDF troops used tear gas
and stun grenades to disperse the crowd; Ahmad Qayad Abd al-Ghani
Ayad (18) was injured. Bayt Qad, east of Jenin: Palestinian
Authority Security Forces (PASF) officers opened a new police
station in the village.

06/15/08- Jenin Refugee Camp: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the
camp and searched the office of Palestinian lawyer Qarraz al-Sadi.
During the operation, there was an exchange of fire between
Palestinian militants and IDF troops. Palestinian militants
remotely detonated a 20 kilogram IED during the firefight; no
injuries were reported.

Qalqilya

06/10/08- Eliyahu Checkpoint, near Azzun, east of Qalqilya: At 1600
hrs, IDF troops arrested Ahmad Rashid Abd al-Rahman Qadura (17).
Siniriya, southeast of Qalqilya: At 1800 hrs, IDF troops entered the
village and conducted a search operation. No injuries were
reported.

06/11/08- Qalqilya: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
arrested PIJ militants Ala'a Nabhan (25) and Ahmad Abd al-Latif
Thayab (26). IDF Mobile Checkpoint, near Bidya, southeast of
Qalqilya: At 1230 hrs, IDF troops arrested Rashid Abd al-Rahman with
a 7cm long knife in his possession.

06/12/08- Azzun, east of Qalqilya: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered
the village and conducted a search operation. No injuries were
reported.

06/13/08- Qalqilya: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
arrested PIJ militant Iyad Sabri (19).

06/14/08- Jayus, northeast of Qalqilya: At 0800 hrs, PASF officers
arrested six Palestinians wanted by the Palestinian Authority (PA)
for criminal activities.

Tulkarem

06/09/08- Attil: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the village and
conducted a search operation. No injuries were reported.

06/11/08- Tulkarem: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
conducted a search operation. No injuries were reported.

06/12/08- Tulkarem: At 0100 hrs, an IED accidentally detonated in a

local house. No injuries were reported.

Nablus

06/10/08- Kufr Qalil, south of Nablus: At 0200 hrs, there was an
exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and IDF troops
conducting a search operation in the village. No injuries were
reported.

06/11/08- Balata Refugee Camp: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the
camp and arrested Fatah militants Anas Bassam Iways (17) and Fahmi
Salah Musalam (18). During the operation, there was an exchange of
fire between Palestinian militants and IDF troops. No injuries were
reported.

06/12/08- Nablus: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
arrested Fatah militants Abd al-Athaym Muhammad Abd al-Athaym Bukari
(22) and Mahmud al-Bubali (20). Ayn Abus, south of Nablus: At 0400
hrs, Israeli settlers from Yitzhar Settlement clashed with
Palestinians; Samir Mustafa al-Haj Ali (25) and Ahmad Qalaf Muhammad
Abd al-Hamayd (33) were injured. Nablus: At 1600 hrs, Israeli
National Police (INP) officers arrested two Israeli settlers on
suspicion of shooting at Palestinians. Later, the suspects were
released due to lack of evidence. Al-Luban ash Sharqiya, south of
Nablus: At 1400 hrs, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles.
No injuries were reported.

06/13/08- Huwwara, south of Nablus: At 1400 hrs, Palestinians threw
stones at an Israeli vehicle. No injuries were reported.

06/14/08- Al-Zawah, southwest of Nablus: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops
entered the village and arrested PIJ militants Ra'yd Muhammad Ghalab
Shqayr (29) and Sabah al-Ghazawi (22).

Jericho

06/10/08- Gitit Checkpoint, north of Jericho: At 2200 hrs, IDF
troops arrested two Palestinians with a 10cm long knife in their
possession.

06/14/08- DCO Checkpoint, south of Jericho: At 1200 hrs, IDF troops
arrested Muhammad Ahmad Abd al-Halaym Qlayl (28).

Ramallah

06/09/08- Ramallah: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
conducted a search operation. No injuries were reported. Ramun,
northeast of Ramallah: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the village
and conducted a search operation. No injuries were reported.
Ni'lin, northwest of Ramallah: At 1900 hrs, 150 Palestinian and
Israeli peace activists held a demonstration against the
construction of the security/separation barrier. IDF troops used
tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Seven protestors
were injured.

06/10/08- Jaba Checkpoint, south of Ramallah: At 1345 hrs, IDF
troops arrested a Palestinian female with a 13cm long knife in her
possession. The suspect admitted that she planned to stab an
Israeli.

06/11/08- Al-Jilazun Refugee Camp: At 0100 hrs, IDF troops entered
the camp and arrested Hamas militant Ibrahim Samih Shatat (30).
Al-Birah, north of Ramallah: At 0100 hrs, IDF troops entered the
village and arrested Hamas militant Firas Sulayman Abad (35).
Ni'lin, northwest of Ramallah: At 1300 hrs, Palestinian and Israeli
peace activists held a demonstration against the construction of the
security/separation barrier. IDF troops used tear gas and stun
grenades to disperse the crowd; eight Palestinians and one IDF
soldier were injured. Al-Mazra'a ash Sharqiya, northeast of
Ramallah: At 2130 hrs, Palestinians threw stones at an Israeli
vehicle. No injuries were reported.

06/12/08- Ramallah: At 2300 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
arrested al-Aqsa Brigades (AB) militant Amjad Badharin (22), who was
wanted for shooting towards IDF troops.

06/13/08- Bil'in village, west of Ramallah: At 1330 hrs, Palestinian
and Israeli peace activists held a demonstration against the
construction of the security/separation barrier. IDF troops used
tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. Two Palestinians
and one Israeli were injured.

06/14/08- Ramallah: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops entered the city and
arrested PIJ militant Ibrahim Tmalah.

Jerusalem

06/10/08- Az-Za'ym Checkpoint, Ma'ale Adumim Settlement: At 1200
hrs, IDF troops arrested eight Palestinians without proper work
permits.

06/11/08- In front of the Knesset: At 1030 hrs, Israelis living
around the Gaza Strip held a demonstration, asking the Israeli
government to stop the rocket and mortar shelling of their
settlements. The demonstration ended peacefully.

06/12/08- Al-Ram, north of Jerusalem: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops
entered and conducted a search operation. No injuries were
reported. French Hill Bridge: At 1730 hrs, Palestinians threw
stones at Israeli vehicles; no injuries were reported. One
Palestinian (14) was arrested. Al-Azariyyah, east of Jerusalem: At
2200 hrs, during a search operation in the village, IDF troops found
an ammunition cache containing several magazines for a "Galil"
assault rifle.

06/15/08- Anata, east of Jerusalem: At 1400 hrs, IDF troops entered
the village and arrested one Palestinian.

Bethlehem

06/11/08- Al-Ma'sara, southwest of Bethlehem: At 0200 hrs, IDF
troops entered the village and arrested Hamas militant Mahmud Abd
al-Qarim Zawahrah (21). Safa, southeast of Bethlehem: At 0200 hrs,
IDF troops entered the village and conducted a search operation. No
injuries were reported. Husan village, northwest of Bethlehem: At
2230 hrs, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles. One
Israeli was injured.

06/12/08- Husan, northwest of Bethlehem: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops
entered the village and arrested Muhammad Basam Hamamrah (23).

06/13/08- Al-Ma'sara, west of Bethlehem: At 1230 hrs, Palestinian
and Israeli peace activists held a demonstration against the
construction of the security/separation barrier. IDF troops used
tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd; five Palestinians
were injured. Al-Qadr, southwest of Bethlehem: At 1230 hrs,
Palestinians held a demonstration against the construction of the
security/separation barrier. No injuries were reported. Husan,
northwest of Bethlehem: At 1800 hrs, Palestinians threw stones at
Israeli vehicles. One Israeli was injured.

06/14/08- Al-Duhayshah Refugee Camp, southwest of Bethlehem: At 2100
hrs, IDF troops entered the camp and clashed with locals. Three
Israeli soldiers and eleven Palestinians were injured.

Hebron

06/09/08- Al-Fawwar Refugee Camp: At 0300 hrs, IDF troops entered
the camp and conducted a search operation. No injuries were
reported. Bayt Ummar, north of Hebron: At 1800 hrs, IDF troops
entered the village and arrested Sufyan Zyad Mahmud Qmays (16) and
Ahmad Mahmud Abd al-Salam al-Lami (16) on suspicion of throwing
stones at Israeli vehicles. Tarqumiya, northwest of Hebron: At 2130
hrs, Palestinians threw stones at Israeli vehicles. No injuries
were reported. Bayt Ummar, north of Hebron: At 2230 hrs, Sayd Ahmad
Muhsin al-Za'aqiq (17) was shot and injured after he threw a Molotov
cocktail at an IDF patrol vehicle.
Israeli Prison Authority (IPA) sentenced PIJ militant Yusif Ahmad
Rashid Sabarnah to five years of incarceration for his active
membership in the organization.

06/11/08- Dura, southwest of Hebron: At 0100 hrs, IDF troops entered
the village and arrested the following four Hamas militants: Hashim
Taym al-Arjub, Qalaf Ayd Jbara al-Talahmah, Issa Muhammad Issa
al-Namura, and Tha'yr Bakr Ahmad Abu Arqub. Tarqumiya, northwest of
Hebron: At 0100 hrs, IDF troops entered the village and arrested
Hamas militants Qalid Shahrur al-Suwayti (39) and Mahdi Shahrur
al-Suwayti (28). Bayt Ummar, north of Hebron: At 0100 hrs, IDF
troops entered the village and arrested the following three Hamas
militants: Qamal Mahmud Issa al-Za'aqiq, Layth Muhammad Ahmad
Ismayl Aday, and Ummar Nasr Abd al-Hamid Abu Mariya.

06/12/08- Tarqumiya, northwest of Hebron: At 1900 hrs, Palestinians
threw stones at Israeli vehicles. No injuries were reported.

06/13/08- Hebron: At 0200 hrs, IDF troops arrested Hamas militant
Nadir Abd al-Hafath Abu Mayalah (28). Thahrayah, south of Hebron:
At 1600 hrs, there was an exchange of fire during an armed family
dispute; Wa'al Musa al-Batat was killed.

Gaza Strip

06/09/08- Khan Yunis: At 0300 hrs, there was an exchange of fire
between Palestinian militants and IDF troops conducting a search
operation in the area. No injuries were reported. Rafah: At 1730
hrs, Fadi Qalifah (20) and Majdi Abd al-Jawad Qdayr (27) were killed
when a tunnel used for smuggling collapsed on them. Security fence,
near Kissufim Crossing: at 2130 hrs, Palestinian militants detonated
an IED near the security fence. No injuries were reported. Khan
Yunis: At 2200 hrs, IDF troops opened fire on a Qassam launch site.
No injuries were reported.

06/10/08- Khan Yunis: At 0100 hrs, there was a heavy exchange of
fire between Hamas militants and IDF troops conducting a combat
engineering operation. No injuries were reported. Dir al-Balah: At
0100 hrs, there was an exchange of fire between Executive Security
Force (ESF) militants and arms dealers from the Abu Gharrabah
family. No injuries were reported. Seven Palestinians were
arrested. Rafah: At 0500 hrs, there was a heavy exchange of fire
between Hamas militants and IDF troops conducting a combat
engineering operation. No injuries were reported. Two Palestinians
were arrested. Gaza City: At 0630 hrs, IDF troops opened fire on a
Qassam launch site; no injuries were reported. Gaza City: At 1200
hrs, IDF troops opened fire on a Hamas mortar squad launching mortar
shells towards Nahal Oz. Hamas militants Ahmad al-Safadi, Yahya
Hamid, and Mustafa Attalah were killed and another five Palestinians
were injured.

06/11/08- Khan Yunis: At 0100 hrs, there was a heavy exchange of
fire between Hamas militants and IDF troops conducting a combat
engineering operation. Hamas militant Ibrahim Mahmud Sa'ad al-Masri
(20) and PIJ militant Yasir Muhammad Ayd Abu Halayb (26) were
killed. Hadil Abd al-Karim al-Smayry (7) was killed and Ahmad Simri
(18) and Muhammad Majdi al-Fara (6) were severely injured in the
crossfire. Nussirat Refugee Camp: At 0300 hrs, an IED was detonated
outside the house of a Hamas militant; no injuries were reported.
Erez Crossing: At 1015 hrs, Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (PFLP) militants opened fire on IDF installations at the
crossing. No injuries were reported. Kibbutz Nir Oz: At 1030 hrs,
four Israelis were injured when two mortar shells hit the "Nir Tal"
factory they were working in. Jabalaya: At 1230 hrs, Israeli Air
Force (IAF) opened fire on a Qassam rocket launch site. Muhammad
Hussayn I'sayliya (55) was killed and Haba Muhammad Hussayn
I'sayliya (10) was injured. Rafah: At 1600 hrs, there was an
exchange of fire during an armed family dispute; three Palestinians
from the al-Hubi family were injured.

06/12/08- Security fence, Bayt Lahiya: At 1130 hrs, IDF troops
opened fire on a group of Palestinian militants planting an IED near
the fence. AB militants Qalid Ahmad Zaki Zuhd (21) and Muhammad
Jamal Dulah (20) were killed. Bayt Lahiya: At 1000 hrs, ESF
militants arrested Muhammad Thayab and Bassam Ahmad. Rafah: At 1230
hrs, ESF militants arrested Fatah activists Imad Abd al-Wahab (35)
and Hamid Abd al-Wahab. Bayt Lahiya: At 1340 hrs, an IED
accidentally detonated in the house of Hamas militant Ahmad Hamudah.
The following seven Hamas militants were killed in the explosion:
Majdi Adl Hamudah, Mahmud Ataya Hamudah, Hassan Abd al-Rauf Abu
Shaqfah, Muhammad Sabri Abu al-Naja, Ashraf Naym Mushtaha Muhammad
Hamdan Miqdad, Ahmad Munir Subuh, and Adal Hamudah. Another 40
Palestinians were injured. Erez Crossing: At 1415 hrs, Hamas
militants opened fire on an IDF installation at the crossing. No
injuries were reported. Kibbutz Yad Mordechai: At 1455 hrs, an
Israeli woman (50) was lightly injured when a Qassam rocket fell in
the backyard of her house. Bayt Lahiya: At 1540 hrs, IAF opened
fire on a Qassam launch site; no injuries were reported. Khan
Yunis: At 1630 hrs, IAF opened fire on a Qassam launch site,
injuring two Hamas militants. Security fence, near Nativ Ha'asara:
At 1620 hrs, under cover of heavy mortar fire, an armored and
booby-trapped bulldozer manned by Palestinian militants attempted to
run over the security fence. IDF troops fired several anti-tank
missiles towards the approaching vehicle. The Palestinian militants
abandoned the bulldozer and managed to escape unharmed.

06/13/08- Dir al-Balah: At 1130 hrs, there was a heavy exchange of
fire between Hamas militants and IDF troops conducting a combat
engineering operation. No injuries were reported. Khan Yunis: At
1600 hrs, IAF opened fire on a Qassam launch site. One Palestinian
child was injured. Jabalaya Refugee Camp: At 2000 hrs, Hamas
supporters held a demonstration against the Israeli siege on the
Gaza Strip. The demonstration ended peacefully. Dir al-Balah: At
2100 hrs, ESF militants arrested a Fatah activist. Al-Maghazi
Refugee Camp: At 2230 hrs, Hamas supporters held a demonstration
against the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. The demonstration
ended peacefully.

06/14/08- Bayt Hanun: At 0245 hrs, IAF opened fire on a group of
Palestinian militants launching mortar shells towards Israel. No
injuries were reported. Jabalaya: At 0600 hrs, there was an
exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and IDF troops
conducting a combat engineering operation. No injuries were
reported. Rafah: At 1430 hrs, ESF militants arrested three Fatah
activists. Dayr al-Balah: At 1430 hrs, there was an exchange of
fire between IDF troops and Hamas militants planting an IED near the
security fence. No injuries were reported. Rafah: At 2000 hrs,
Fatah supporters held a demonstration against the Hamas takeover in
the Gaza Strip. ESF militants dispersed the crowd.

06/15/08- Gaza City: At 0100 hrs, there was an exchange of fire
between ESF militants and unknown gunmen. No injuries were
reported. Security fence, near Kissufim Crossing: At 1645 hrs,
there was an exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and IDF
troops conducting a combat engineering operation. No injuries were
reported. Dayr al-Balah: At 2000 hrs, ESF militants arrested Fatah
Secretary General Sami Abu Samra.

3. Between 06/09/08 and 06/15/08, 28 Qassam rockets and 101 mortar
shells were launched towards Israel. Five Israelis were injured
from these attacks. Hamas claimed responsibility for 23 Qassam and
76 mortar shell launchings. PIJ claimed responsibility for two
Qassam and six mortar shell launchings. AB claimed responsibility
for two Qassam and five mortar shell launchings. Popular Resistance
Committees (PRC) claimed responsibility for one Qassam and six
mortar shell launchings. PFLP claimed responsibility for five
mortar shell launchings. Democratic Front for the Liberation of
Palestine (DFLP) claimed responsibility for three mortar shell
launchings.

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