Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Fatah supporters

Around 1500 Fatah supporters of whom half are armed and masked, are currently marching through Rafah in support of the PA and the pending Israeli withdrawal.

Palestinian Reporting.

Rafah passenger terminal closure

Rafah passenger terminal closed at 3 pm today and the DCL has stated it will also be closed on
Thursday, 8 September. It is not clear when it will reopen.

Erez DCL

Erez closure

The DCL has stated that Erez will remain closed for the rest of today.

Erez DCL

Erez closure

Erez terminal is currently closed for all movements in and out of Gaza. The closure is on account of computer problems.

Erez DCL.

Rafah passenger terminal

According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is expected to meet senior Cabinet ministers later today to discuss control over the Gaza-Sinai border and the Philidelphi route.

Haaretz believes the Israeli government may accept an Egyptian proposal whereby Rafah terminal would close for arrivals from Sinai for between 6 and 9 months during which time Palestinians would have to enter Gaza via a new terminal at Kerem Shalom. After this interim period, Rafah would then reopen for entry into Gaza and be operated by European monitors under the surveillance of Israeli CCTV.

Israeli Reporting

Mousa Arafat

At 4 am a number of gun men attacked the home of Mousa Arafat (former chief of Military Intelligence) south east of Abu Mazen square in Gaza city. Heavy shooting took place between his guards and attackers and home made bombs were heard from time to time.

After around 30 minutes of clashes, the attackers withdrew following the arrival of military vehicles carrying supporters of Mousa Arafat. The situation is now calm.

It is now confirmed that Mousa Arafat has been killed and two of his guards injured. The attackers have also kidnapped his son.

Palestinian Reporting.

Rocket fired towards the green line.

At 9.20 pm one home made rocket was fired from the area east of Gaza airport targeting the green line. No retaliation from the IDF.

Palestinian Reporting.

Abu Houli junction

Abu Houli junction reopened at 10.30 pm on Tuesday and closed at 7.15 this morning.

Palestinian Reporting.

Explosions in Morag.

At 10 pm three explosions were heard inside Morag settlement. It is believed on the basis of previous experience that the IDF were destroying underground civilian bunkers.

Palestinian Reporting.