Over a hundred Israeli tanks and armored bulldozers invaded the West Bank city of Nablus in the middle of the night.
Israeli troops killed three Palestinians before dawn. A neighbor said troops arrested a Hamas member, handcuffed him, and then shot him at point blank range. Meanwhile, in Gaza, troops shot dead a nine-year-old Palestinian girl.
The invasion comes two days after a Hamas bomb killed seven people, including five Americans. President Bush said he is “furious” over the attack, and the FBI has launched an investigation.
In the last week, tens of thousands of Palestinians have broken the Israeli army curfew in the largest act of defiance against the curfew in the Occupied Territories. The governor of Nablus was urging Palestinians in other cities to do the same.
Meanwhile, the United Nations yesterday released its report on Israel’s attack on Jenin in April. Israel blocked a UN fact-finding team from investigating the attack, so the report is based entirely on second-hand sources.
Human rights groups say the report is seriously flawed.
- Abdal-salam Alkhayyat, student at Annajah University in Nablus
- Kristen Schurr, member of the International Solidarity Movement.