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2 INTERNATIONALS AND 2 PALESTINIAN BOYS SHOT by IDF (english)
by The International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
Email: bostontopalestine (nospam) palsolidarity.org
Address: http://www.palsolidarity.org (locally : http://www.bcpr.org/b2p)
25 Oct 2003
[Balata Refugee Camp, Nablus-West Bank] Today two young Palestinian boys and two international human rights activists (ISMers) were injured when Israeli soldiers drove into the Balata Refugee Camp randomly firing their weapons into the streets. The two palestinians were shot with rubber bullets. The two internationals were both shot with live ammunition in the legs. One is American and the other Australian.
TWO INTERNATIONALS AND TWO PALESTINIAN BOYS SHOT
[Balata Refugee Camp, Nablus] Earlier this evening two young
Palestinian boys and two international peace activists were injured
when Israeli soldiers drove into the Balata Refugee Camp randomly
firing their weapons into the streets. Two Israeli military jeeps
and a hummer entered the camp and began shooting at approximately
8:00PM. The two Palestinian boys were hit by rubber bullets; one of
the boys was hospitalized and later released. Two volunteers with
the International Solidarity Movement escorted a group of children
to safety then stayed to observe. Mark (last name withheld), a
volunteer from Colorado in the United States, sustained injury to
his right thigh when a live bullet grazed his leg.
Australian volunteer Jeremy (last name withheld), was shot through
the leg, a live bullet passing through his left thigh and entering
his right. Mark and Jeremy are currently undergoing treatment at
Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.
According to Mark, Jeremy, and two other international witnesses,
they were clearly visible to the hummer before being shot at, having
appeared in the spotlight of the vehicle three separate
times. "There was no Palestinian gunfire; we were all clearly
unarmed civilians; why were the soldiers shooting?" said ISM
volunteer Kelly B.
On the way to Rafidia hospital, the ambulance transporting the
Internationals was detained by Israeli soldiers.
For further information please call:
Mark +972-66 387 350
Jeremy +972-66 387 331
for more info visit ISM web site at : www.palsolidarity.org