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Nahed Abu Ziad Was Assasinated: ISM Witnesses

Gaza Strip: Assassination of Nahed Abu Ziad, and Water Wars

Today a Palestinian ISM activist travelling from Rafah to Gaza City witnessed the assassination of Nahed Abu Ziad, whom the Israelis suspect of being a leader of the Hamas organisation in Gaza. The activist watched as regular soldiers cut the road she was travelling on. Plain clothed assassins then fired into the car in front of hers, killing Abu Ziad and wounding the driver. Both Ziad's body and the wounded man were taken away by the Israelis.

The activist's account of the assassination differs from the official version of events, which claims that the Israeli's were trying to capture Mr. Ziad but that he died of his wounds in hospital.

Also today in Rafah water workers were able to continue their repairs on the Tel e-Sultan wells, which were demolished by the Israeli Army on January 30, with the help of 9 ISM activists (3UK, 4US, 1 Italian and 1 French) who stood between the workers and Israeli military towers from which soldiers regularly fire upon Rafah Municipality water workers. Tomorrow, the activists intend to sleep at the wells to protect the water workers' equipment.

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