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05TELAVIV2996 2005-05-13 14:57:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tel Aviv
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WB/G SITREP: THREE KATYUSHA ROCKETS LAND IN

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					  UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 002996 

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: THREE KATYUSHA ROCKETS LAND IN
ISRAEL; SETTLERS BEAT ELDERLY PALESTINIAN IN THE WEST BANK
-- MAY 13, 2005 (1300 HOURS LOCAL)

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



1. (SBU) Summary: Israeli settlers beat and lightly injured
an elderly Palestinian man working in fields near Salem
village on May 12, and IDF soldiers arrested 22 settlers for
entering Palestinian villages near Nablus the same day for a
demonstration and refusing IDF orders to leave. The
arrestees were taken to Ariel police station for questioning
and then released. In Gaza, some 45,000 Israelis joined
settlers in the Gush Katif bloc to celebrate Israeli
Independence Day and to demonstrate their opposition to the
GOI plan to evacuate the Gaza settlements. Three Katyusha
rockets, reportedly fired from Lebanese territory, landed
near Har Dov and Shlomi May 11-12. No injuries were reported
and the IDF did not respond militarily. End Summary.



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West Bank


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2. (SBU) ATTACKS/SECURITY:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injuries: Israeli settlers beat and lightly injured an
elderly Palestinian man working in fields near Salem village
on May 12, according to Palestinian sources.

-- Injuries: Four Palestinian youths were lightly injured in
clashes with the IDF in Dura village, near Hebron, on May 12,
according to Palestinian sources.

-- Arrests: The IDF arrested 22 settlers for entering
Palestinian villages near Nablus on May 12 for a
demonstration and refusing IDF orders to leave, according to
Israeli media. The arrestees were taken to Ariel police
station for questioning and then released.

-- Arrests: The IDF arrested three Palestinians in Tubas for
suspected militant activity on May 12, according to
Palestinian sources.

-- Arrests: The IDF arrested a Palestinian youth at Huwwara
checkpoint for carrying a pistol, according to Palestinian
security sources.



3. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:

-- According to the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz on May 13, the
PA has collected weapons from all fugitives in Jericho and
has collected weapons from most fugitives in Tulkarm.



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Gaza


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4. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Deaths: Nil.

-- Injuries: Nil.

-- Mortars/Rockets: Palestinian militants fired a total of
five mortar shells at IDF and Israeli settler targets in the
Gush Katif settlement bloc May 11-13. No injuries were
reported.

-- Shootings: The IDF reported that Palestinians launched a
total of four shooting attacks against IDF outposts around
the Gush Katif settlement bloc May 11-13. No injuries were
reported.



5. (SBU) BORDER CROSSINGS:

-- Route Four (Salahadeen Road), the main north-south traffic
artery, was open May 12-13, with a major detour at Netzarim
Junction.

-- Erez Crossing was closed for Palestinians May 11-12, but
open for internationals.

-- The Erez Industrial Zone was closed May 11-12.

-- Sufa Crossing was closed May 12 for Israeli Independence
Day. Sufa re-opened May 13 for the import of aggregates used
in construction.

-- Karni Terminal was closed May 12 for Israeli Independence
Day, but re-opened May 13.

-- Rafah Terminal was open for arrivals and departures May
12-13.

-- Tel al-Sultan and Toufah checkpoints were closed May
12-13.



6. (SBU) POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS:

-- Some 45,000 Israelis joined settlers in the Gush Katif
bloc to celebrate Israeli Independence Day and to demonstrate
their opposition to the GOI plan to evacuate the Gaza
settlements, according to Israeli media.


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Israel


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7. (SBU) ATTACKS:

-- Israeli media reported that a Katyusha rocket, reportedly
fired from Lebanese territory, impacted near the town of
Shlomi May 11. The rocket landed in an industrial zone to
the north of the town and damaged a bakery, but no injuries
were reported. Two more Katyusha rockets were fired the
evening of May 12, landing near an IDF outpost on Har Dov.
IDF troops did not respond to either attack. The GOI lodged
a formal protest of these events with the United Nations.

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