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Cablegate: Mggz01 - Jerusalem August 16 Sitrep

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SUBJECT: MGGZ01 - JERUSALEM AUGUST 16 SITREP

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1. (SBU) Summary. Israeli aircraft overnight August 15-16
fired rockets into the home of a suspected al-Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigades member in Khan Younis, killing two Palestinians and
injuring at least three others. A Palestinian Islamic Jihad
(PIJ) member was killed during clashes between PIJ gunmen and
the IDF in Abassan, east of Khan Younis. IDF tanks and
bulldozers conducted clearing operations in northern Gaza.
Palestinian militants fired at least two rockets from
northern Gaza toward Sderot, but there were no reported
injuries or property damage. In the West Bank, IDF units
overnight arrested eight Palestinians. The Rafah and
Karni/al-Mintar crossings are closed on August 15, but the
Nahal Oz crossing is open. End summary.

Military Developments
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2. (SBU) Israeli aircraft overnight August 15-16 fired
rockets at the home of a suspected al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades
member in Khan Younis, killing two Palestinians and injuring
at least three others. The IDF claimed the house was used by
al-Aqsa to store weapons. In Abassan, east of Khan Younis,
IDF units clashed with PIJ gunmen, killing one and arresting
one other. In northern Gaza, Israeli tanks and bulldozers
conducted land clearing operations, but no injuries were
reported. Palestinian militants fired two rockets from
northern Gaza toward Sderot, resulting in no injuries or
property damage. Both al-Aqsa and the DFLP claimed
responsibility for the rocket fire.

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3. (SBU) In the West Bank, Palestinians conducted attacks
in the northern West Bank, throwing stones at Israeli
vehicles and a firebomb at an Israeli bus traveling near
Nablus. Palestinians also threw explosive charges at Israeli
soldiers attempting to conduct arrests in Qabatiyah village
near Jenin. There were no reported injuries. The IDF
arrested at least eight Palestinians in overnight arrest
operations in the Ramallah and Bethlehem areas. An
additional two Palestinians were arrested on August 16 in the
northern West Bank as they attempted to plant an explosive
device near the separation barrier.

Humanitarian Update
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4. (SBU) The Rafah crossing is closed August 16,
according to USAID Gaza-based staff. Rafah was last open
August 11.

5. (SBU) The Karni/al-Mintar crossing is closed August 16
for essential maintenance and electrical installation work on
the Israeli side, according to USAID Gaza-based staff. The
Nahal Oz fuel transfer crossing is open August 16.

6. (SBU) All ten electricity feeder lines from Israel
into Gaza are operational August 16, according to USAID
Gaza-based staff.

7. (SBU) Reftel is a separate sitrep covering the
kidnapping of the two Fox journalists.

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