This day in the History of the 2nd Intifada

April 19 2001

Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue. A mysterious explosion rips through a Force 17 office in Ramallah, injuring 3 officers. Israel denies responsibility, though the attack comes within an hr. of an Israeli inner cabinet mtg. to discuss responses to recent Palestinian violence. The PA acknowledges the explosion came fr. inside the building. Reporters witness mbrs. of different PA security forces scuffling with each other; PA police confiscate reporters film, video tape. Later, Palestinian mortars land on both sides of the Gaza-Israel border causing no damage. The IDF fires on several Palestinians suspected of firing mortars, injuring senior Hamas mbr. Khalil Sakani; (AP 4/19; AFP [Internet], HA, WP, WT 4/20; NYT, WT 4/21; al-Quds 4/24 in WNC 4/26; MM 4/27; DUS 4/27 in WNC 4/30)

Arafat issues a 2d call to halt mortar attacks across the Green Line; sends a message to Sharon via a visiting U.S. congressional delegation suggesting that both leaders deliver simultaneous public calls for a halt to violence, a renewal of negotiations. Sharon says Arafat should issue cease-fire orders 1st.

Israeli FM Peres meets with PA Local Government M Erakat to discuss ways of reducing violence. Later, Peres holds a 2d mtg. with Arafat economic adviser Rashid (see 4/18). (EFE [Madrid] 4/19 in WNC 4/24; AYM 4/24 in WNC 4/25)

Palestinian mortars land on both sides of the Gaza-Israel border causing no damage. Hamas admits its mbrs. fired mortars at Kefar Darom settlement.

April 19 2002

7 Palestinians killed.

The IDF completes pullout fr. Jenin r.c. and town, begins pullout fr. Nablus. The IDF fatally shoots a total of 7 Palestinians, including 2 reportedly attempting to infiltrate Netzarim settlement, 2 Palestinian children in Ramallah. In Bethlehem, the IDF arrests wanted Hamas mbr. Khalid Tafish. (AP, NYT, REU 4/19; NYT, WP, WT 4/20; WT 4/21)

A Islamic Jihad suicide bomber detonates a device at an IDF checkpoint in Gaza, lightly injuring 2 soldiers.

April 19 2003

6 Palestinians killed. 1 Israeli killed.

The IDF launches a major incursion into Rafah r.c., sending some 35 tanks into the camp fr. 3 directions, killing at least 5 Palestinians, wounding 30, demolishing 13 buildings (home to 23 Palestinian families); an IDF soldier is killed, 2 are wounded in the operation. The IDF also fatally shoots in the head a Palestinian cameraman for AP, who was wearing a fluorescent “press” vest and covering clashes in Nablus, also wounding 2 other journalists. (MENA 4/19 in WNC 4/21; NYT, WP 4/20; HA 4/21; PR 4/23; LAW, PCHR, WJW 4/24; HA 5/4)

An Islamic Jihad mbr. infiltrates Shaked settlement, shooting and wounding 2 IDF soldiers, 1 settler guard before being shot dead by the IDF.

April 19 2004

3 Palestinians killed. 1 Israeli killed.

The IDF conducts major house searches and arrest raids in Silwad, home of the exiled Damascus-based Hamas political leader Khalid Mishal and Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades West Bank cmdr. Ibrahim Ma’ari Hamid, arresting 70 Palestinians (including Hamid’s 5 brothers, 9 of Hamid and Mishal’s sons, among other relatives). The IDF also fatally shoots a Palestinian at a checkpoint nr. Gaza’s Kissufim crossing into Israel; shoots, mortally wounds a stone-throwing Palestinian in al-Fawwar r.c., denies medics access, allowing him to bleed to death; handcuffs a 12-yr.-old Palestinian boy to the hood of a jeep nr. Biddu, using him as a human shield to prevent Palestinians demonstrating against the separation wall there fr. throwing stones at them; raids 3 Palestinian schools in Silat al-Dahir nr. Jenin, orders teachers and students home, declares schools closed for 2 days; stages a late-night raid on al-Fawwar r.c. nr. Hebron, fatally shooting a Palestinian, occupying a 3-story apartment building as a base, conducting house-to-house searches; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Dayr al-Balah, Jenin, and in Dura (confiscating files fr. the offices of an Islamic charity), Jalazun r.c., Nablus, Rafah; bulldozes a Palestinian home in Dayr al-Balah. (VOI, VOP, YA 4/19 in WNC 4/21; NYT 4/20; VOP 4/20 in WNC 4/22; PCHR 4/22; PR 5/5)

Palestinians attack an IDF post at Hawara checkpoint s. of Nablus, killing 1 IDF soldier; attack an Israeli border patrol unit in Hebron, overturning their jeep, injuring 3 officers; fire 2 Qassam rockets at Gaza’s Nisanit settlement, wounding 1 Jewish settler; fire several rockets into Israel, causing no damage or injuries.

April 19 2005

IDF soldiers shoot, wound a Palestinian who argues with them at a checkpoint outside Nablus; sends troops into Kafr Qadim nr. Qalqilya to search shops, vehicles. (OCHA 4/20; PCHR 4/21)

April 19 2006

The IDF shells n. Gaza in response to a Palestinian rocket fired fr. Gaza into Israel that causes no damage or injuries; closes Gaza’s Sufa and Kerem Shalom commercial crossings for the day; shells n. Gaza, wounding a Palestinian child; sends troops back into Nablus, who fire on residential areas and on stone-throwing youths who confront them, wounding 5 youths and 2 bystanders; patrols in al-‘Araqa nr. Jenin; fires on residential areas of Azun; conducts arrest raids, house searches nr. Hebron. (MM 4/19; PCHR 4/20; OCHA 4/26; PCHR 4/27)

April 19 2007

IDF troops on the n. Gaza border nr. Bayt Lahiya fire on 2 Palestinian teenagers who stray nr. the border fence, wounding 1. The Israeli navy fires on Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Nussayrat r.c. and Rafah, causing no damage or injuries. In the West Bank, the IDF exchanges fire with Palestinian gunmen nr. Ramallah, leaving 2 IDF soldiers wounded; fires on stone-throwing Palestinians at Qalandia checkpoint, causing no reported injuries; demolishes 6 Palestinian homes (48 residents) nr. Susia settlement, 1 home (16 residents) nr. another Hebron settlement; bulldozes 5 d. of Palestinian olive groves nr. Avigail settlement nr. Hebron; raids the Change and Reform offices in Hebron, confiscating computers and files; conducts late-night arrest raids in Jenin town and r.c., Qabatya and nr. Hebron. For the 3d day, Jewish settlers occupying a Palestinian home in Hebron vandalize nearby Palestinian homes, attack Palestinian residents, and try to break into several Palestinian homes. (NYT 4/20; OCHA 4/25; PCHR 4/26)

Palestinians fire an antitank missile at an IDF post along the Gaza border nr. Bayt Hanun; the IDF responds with heavy gunfire; no injuries are reported on either side. In Rafah, a Hamas mbr. is injured when an explosive device he is handling explodes prematurely. Unidentified Palestinian gunmen shoot, wound a PA intelligence officer in Qalqilya.

April 19 2008

6 Palestinians killed.

During the day, the IDF conducts air strikes on Jabaliya, killing 4 armed Palestinians and a Hamas-affiliated police officer, wounding 2 armed Palestinians; shells, destroys an empty armored vehicle in Abasan, previously belonging to the PA police but seized by Hamas in the 7/07 fighting, wounding 3 bystanders, including a child. In Rafah, an Islamic Jihad mbr. is injured when explosives he is handling explode prematurely. An Islamic Jihad mbr. injured in a similar incident on 4/17 dies. In the West Bank, the IDF raids a mall in Hebron, giving store owners notice that their properties will be confiscated in 2 days (a children’s library and clinic associated with the ICA are located in the mall). In Hebron, an 8-yr.-old Palestinian boy being chased by a group of Jewish settlers falls and breaks his arm. (NYT, WP 4/20; OCHA 4/23; PCHR 4/24)

Under cover of morning fog and mortar fire, 3 Hamas suicide bombers driving explosive laden vehicles (an old PA armored vehicle, 2 trucks painted to resemble IDF jeeps) break through the perimeter fence at the Kerem Shalom crossing, detonating the cars as IDF soldiers approach, wounding 13 soldiers (3 moderately, 10 lightly); the IDF makes a helicopter air strike on a civilian car it claims is connected to the attack, killing 1 Palestinian civilian, wounding 4. Half an hour later, IDF tanks reportedly fire on another vehicle that approaches another Gaza crossing, causing no injuries.

April 19 2009

Defence Minister Ehud Barak had proposed that Israel's new Government hold parallel peace talks with both Syria and the Palestinians, an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity. "We must go to Washington with a proposal for a regional peace agreement which will include talks with Syria and the Palestinians that will ensure Israel's interests," the official said. Barak's plan will also include a Palestinian recognition of Israel as the State of the Jewish people. (Haaretz)


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12 Apr 2019 02:04