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Cablegate: Wb/G Sitrep: June 29, 2005 (1800 Hours Local) --

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 JERUSALEM 002673

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

NEA FOR FO; NEA/SA/EX FOR AUSTIN-FERGUSON; DEPT FOR
DS/IP/ITA; DEPT FOR DS/IP/NEA; NSC FOR ABRAMS/DANIN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PBTS PHUM KWBG KPAL IS ASEC
SUBJECT: WB/G SITREP: JUNE 29, 2005 (1800 HOURS LOCAL) --
DISENGAGEMENT OPPONENTS CLASH WITH PALESTINIANS IN GAZA;
IDF RAIDS CONTINUE NEAR TULKARM


1. (SBU) SUMMARY: Five disengagement opponents and one
Palestinian were lightly wounded in June 28 stone-throwing
clashes that broke out in al-Mowassi in Gaza. In the West
Bank, IDF raids continued in the area of Allar, Attil, and
Saida. Several Palestinian activists suffered minor injuries
in confrontations with the IDF during an anti-separation
barrier demonstration near Hebron. END SUMMARY.

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West Bank
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2. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injuries: Palestinian sources reported that seven
Palestinians were lightly wounded by tear gas and
rubber-coated bullets during clashes with IDF forces that
erupted on June 28 during anti-separation barrier
demonstrations near the village of Ramadin, southwest of
Hebron.

-- Arrests: Two Palestinian minors from al-Arub refugee camp
were arrested on June 29 for throwing stones at passing cars,
according to Palestinian sources.

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-- Arrests: Palestinian security sources reported that four
people were arrested in various parts of the West Bank, but
did not specify the locations or offenses.

-- Attacks: According to Palestinian media reports, an IDF
jeep came under fire while patrolling Halhoul village, north
of Hebron, on June 28. No injuries were reported.

-- Security Incidents: IDF forces continue to conduct raids
in the area of Allar, Attil, and Saida, all near Tulkarm,
searching for Wadi Shadid, a senior al-Aqsa Martyrs,
Brigades member. Palestinian sources reported that the IDF
had taken over several houses in the village and turned them
into military observation points.

3. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:

-- President Mahmoud Abbas met with representatives of Hamas
and other factions June 28 at the Muq,ata to discuss the
security situation.

-- PM Ahmad Quraya' announced that the PA would remain in a
state of emergency until the disengagement plan is
implemented. He also stated, according to Palestinian media,
that the PA will incorporate all wanted activists in Gaza
into the PA security services.

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Gaza
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4. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injury: UNRWA reported that IDF soldiers injured one
Palestinian overnight June 28-29, when the soldiers opened
fire on two Palestinians attempting to plant a roadside bomb
near Morag.

-- Injury/Arrests: Israeli media reported that five settlers
and one Palestinian were lightly injured June 28 in
al-Mowassi during stone-throwing clashes that broke out
between Palestinians and approximately 20 Israeli
disengagement opponents camped in an abandoned house there,
near the recently demolished outpost dubbed Tal Yam. Israeli
police arrested a total of seven settlers June 28, according
to media reports, and clashes between the soldiers and
settlers erupted subsequently. The settlers remained in
possession of the abandoned building as of 1300 hours,
although the media reported that the IDF and the police are
planning to remove them.

-- Mortars/Rockets/Shootings: The IDF reported that
Palestinian militants fired three mortar shells and launched
three shooting attacks on IDF and Israeli settler targets in
the southern Gaza Strip overnight June 28-29. No injuries
were reported in any of these attacks.

5. (SBU) BORDER CROSSINGS:

-- Route Four (Salahadeen Road), the main north-south traffic
artery, was open June 29, with a major detour at Netzarim
Junction.

-- Erez Crossing was open June 28, and 4,220 laborers and 410
merchants crossed into Israel.
-- The Erez Industrial Zone was open June 28, and 559
laborers entered.

-- Sufa Crossing was closed for Palestinian laborers June 29,
but was open for the import of aggregates used in
construction.

-- Karni Terminal was open June 29.

-- Rafah was open June 29 for both arrivals and departures.
Palestinians reported that only 100 or so Palestinians per
day are allowed to move each way and that there is a backlog
of some 1,000-2,000 people waiting to cross

-- Tel al-Sultan checkpoint was closed June 22. Toufah
checkpoint was open for residents of al-Mowassi, except males
aged 16-30.
PEARCE

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