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Cablegate: Wb/G Sitrep: Gunmen Kill Pa Policeman, Wound Three

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 TEL AVIV 004780

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

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: GUNMEN KILL PA POLICEMAN, WOUND THREE
PA INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS IN SEPARATE GAZA INCIDENTS;
DEMONSTRATORS AGAINST SECURITY BARRIER INJURED DURING
PROTEST NEAR QALQILIYA. AUGUST 2, 2005 (1400 HOURS LOCAL)

This is a joint ConGen Jerusalem/Embassy Tel Aviv cable.

1. (SBU) Summary: Armed men in Gaza killed a PA police
officer August 1 during an apparent kidnapping attempt.
Gunmen also wounded three PA intelligence officers in Gaza
City on August 1. A Palestinian died and five were wounded
when an explosive device detonated overnight August 1-2 in a
village near Khan Younis. A large explosion was reported
near the home of the Palestinian Authority Attorney General
in Gaza City late on August 1. No injuries were reported.
The Israel Security Agency reported discovering a Palestinian
Islamic Jihad (PIJ) tunnel near the Gaza settlement of Neveh
Dekalim the evening of August 1. In the West Bank, soldiers
and border police clashed with persons demonstrating against
the separation barrier near the village of Kuful Haris,
southeast of Qalqiliya, on August 1. Some 20 persons were
injured from tear gas inhalation. According to Palestinian
reports, nine Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated
bullets during an IDF raid into the village of Bani Nam, near
Hebron. End summary.

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Gaza
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2. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Deaths: UNRWA reported that masked armed men killed a PA
police officer August 1 while trying to kidnap him near the
Jabalia camp. The gunmen escaped.

-- Deaths/injuries: According to the IDF, one Palestinian was
killed and five Palestinians were injured during the night of
August 1 when a device exploded near Khan Younis. (See
"Explosions").

-- Injuries: UNRWA reported that at 2105 on August 1, three
unidentified gunmen opened fire on three PA military
intelligence officials as they drove in Gaza City. The three
PA officials were injured, one seriously.

-- Mortars/Rockets: Israel Radio News reported August 2 that
a mortar shell was fired during the night of August 1 at an
Israeli settlement in the southern Gaza Strip and landed in a
nearby field. No injuries were reported.

-- Shootings: The IDF reported nine shooting incidents August
1 from 0635 to 1925 targeting IDF soldiers, there near Rafah,
five near Khan Younis, and one near the Nachal Oz crossing.
No injuries resulted.

-- Explosion: The official news agency of the Palestinian
Authority, WAFA, reported August 2 that a Palestinian was
killed and five were wounded when a suspicious object
exploded during the night of August 1 in the village of Gani
Suhayla, east of Khan Younis.

-- Explosion: According to UNRWA, at 2300 on August 1, there
was a large explosion in Gaza City near the home of the PA
Attorney General, Hussein Abu Assi. One passer-by received
shrapnel injuries.

3. (SBU) OTHER SECURITY INCIDENTS: According to Israeli
media reports August 2, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet)
uncovered a tunnel August 1 reportedly dug by Islamic Jihad
operatives to facilitate the entry of suicide bombers into
the settlement of Neveh Dekalim.

4. (SBU) ARRESTS: Nil.

5. (SBU) BORDER CROSSINGS:

-- Route Four (Salahadeen Road), the main north-south traffic
artery, was open August 2, with a major detour at Netzarim
Junction.

-- Erez Crossing was open August 2 with 1,127 Palestinian
laborers and 154 Palestinian merchants entering Israel.

-- The Erez Industrial Zone was open August 2 with some 482
Palestinian workers entering the zone.

-- Sufa Crossing was closed August 2 for Palestinian
laborers, but open for the import of aggregates used in
construction.

-- Karni Terminal was partially open August 2
-- Rafah Terminal was open August 2 except for Palestinian
males between the ages of 16 and 35 traveling from Gaza to
Egypt.

-- Toufah checkpoint was open in both directions for all
Palestinians August 2, except males between 16 and 35 years
of age.

6. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: Israeli Government and PA
officials met at the Erez crossing August 1 to discuss
security coordination during disengagement.

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West Bank
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7. (SBU) ATTACKS/SECURITY:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injuries: According to Palestinian sources, a Palestinian
protester was seriously injured from a tear-gas grenade fired
by IDF troops while as many as 20 suffered from tear gas
inhalation during a demonstration against the construction of
the separation barrier in Kuful Haris village, southeast of
Qalqiliya, August 1 (also see "Demonstration").

-- Injuries: According to Palestinian reports, during the
course of the IDF raid into the village of Bani Nam, near
Hebron, clashes erupted in the village August 1, and nine
Palestinians were injured by rubber-coated bullets (also see
"Demolitions/Confiscations").

-- Injuries: Palestinian media reported that a member of
National Security Forces (NSF) Samer al-Ashqar was badly
injured in Tulkarm when an explosive charge went off in his
hands August 1. Palestinian Authority (PA) is investigating
the circumstances.

-- Arrests: According to Palestinian sources, IDF force
entered into Jenin August 2 and arrested an 18-year old Ansa
Qaqur on suspicion of affiliation with Palestinian Islamic
Jihad (PIJ).

-- Arrests: Palestinian newspapers reported that the IDF
arrested three PIJ and one Hamas activists in Nablus,
Ramallah, and Bethlehem August 1.

-- Shootings: According to Israeli and Palestinian reports,
shots were fired at IDF military jeep near Dahariya village,
in Hebron area, August 1. No injuries were reported.

-- Security Incidents: According to Israeli and Palestinian
sources, IDF soldiers operating in Hebron uncovered two pipe
bombs, explosive materials, and bomb-making components August
1. IDF sappers blew up the explosives in a controlled
detonation.

-- Security Incidents: Palestinian media reported that
Palestinian District Coordination Offices (DCO) commanders
delivered a total of 11 cars to their Israeli counterparts at
the DCO office in Jericho August 1. The cars were all
Israeli stolen cars and captured by the PA police in Jericho.

-- Security Incidents: According to Palestinian reports,
settlers threw stones at passing Palestinian cars in the
Nablus - Jordan Valley area August 1. No injuries were
reported.

-- Demonstration: According to Palestinian sources, about 100
Palestinian and international left-wing activists staged a
protest, which became violent, against the construction of
the separation barrier in Kuful Haris village, southeast of
Qalqiliya, August 1. The protestors hurled stones at
security forces, which dispersed the demonstration (also see
"Injuries").

-- Raids/Searches: Palestinian media reported that the IDF
entered into Attil village, near Tulkarm, August 2 and
searched the home of Fatah Allah Saadi, a PIJ militant who
was arrested in Ramallah by the IDF on July 31. Fatah Allah
Saadi is the brother of Luai Saadi, a senior PIJ activist
arrested by the PA in Ramallah. Luai Saadi has been wanted
by Israeli security for planning suicide attacks in Israel.

8. (SBU) DEMOLITIONS/CONFISCATIONS:

-- Palestinian sources reported that the IDF bulldozers
demolished a building for a lack of building permit in Jabal
al Mukaber area of East Jerusalem August 1.

-- According to Palestinian reports, IDF soldiers entered the
village of Bani Nam, near Hebron, and took over a house,
which was turned into a military observation point August 1.
The house belongs to Ibrahim al Hajouj. The IDF told the
inhabitants of the house that the troops will stay for a
week. (also see "Injuries").

9. (SBU) CLOSURES:

-- According to Palestinian media, IDF troops placed cement
blocks on al-Shalaleh road in Hebron August 1. The road
serves as a divider line between the Israeli-controlled parts
of the city (H2) and Palestinian-controlled areas (H1).

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