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10-Yr-Old Christine Saidi Is Killed In Bethlehem

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While the world is looking elsewhere, the IDF kills and provokes

Read it from a Palestinian and an Israeli source (the major Hebrew-language papers Ma'ariv, and Yediot-Aharonot did not mention it at all.)

[1] Palestine Monitor: More Palestinian children killed

[2] Ha'aretz: 2 children, 3 others killed in W. Bank

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[1] Palestine Monitor: More Palestinian children killed ------- Forwarded message follows ------- From: "Palestine Monitor" To: Subject: More Palestinian children killed Date sent: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 14:14:30 +0200

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More Palestinian children killed

26 March 2003

Israeli soldiers last night shot and killed a 10 year old girl during their assassination of another Palestinian in Bethlehem.

According to witnesses, Israeli uniformed and plain clothed soldiers entered Bethlehem in the late afternoon, and opened fire on two cars that were driving on a main road in a residential area in the vicinity of the Shepherd ’s Hotel.

Muwaiq Abdel Raziq Badawni, 40 years old from the Aida refugee camp, and two other men, as yet unidentified, were killed. According to a report from the Beit Jala governmental hospital, Badawni died as a result being shot in the head with live ammunition; the bodies of the two other men are still with the Israeli military. It is assumed that Badawni was the target of this latest Israeli extra judicial execution which are illegal under international law and the Geneva Convention.

George Saidi’, a school teacher from Bethlehem, his wife Najwa and their two daughters, Marianne, 12, and Christine, 10, were driving on the same road when their car was also fired on by Israeli soldiers. All four members of the family were shot, and were taken to the Hadassa hospital in Jerusalem, however Christine died on the way. Later the body of the ten year old was transferred to the Beit Jala governmental hospital; according to the doctors at the hospital she died from a bullet to her head. The doctors also commented that her wounds were consistent with an “exploding” or high velocity bullet.

Christine is the third child to be killed by Israeli troops in two days. 14 year old Hakim Bassam Nassas, aged 14 was also shot dead yesterday in Jenin. On March 24, Ahmed Imad A-Bahri, aged 10, also from Jenin was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper.

For more information contact: The Palestine Monitor +972 (0)2 298 5372 or +972 (0)59 387 087 http://www.palestinemonitor.org

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[2] Ha'aretz: 2 children, 3 others killed in W. Bank

Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Adar2 22, 5763 Israel Time: 22:35 (GMT+2)

2 children, 3 others killed in W. Bank

By Arnon Regular and Agencies

Palestinian medics evacuating the body of a man shot dead in an Israeli army operation in Bethlehem yesterday. (Photo: Reuters) Five Palestinians, including a 10-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were killed by the IDF in the West Bank yesterday, Palestinian sources said. Also yesterday, the IDF apprehended a Fatah-Tanzim leader suspected of involvement in multiple terror attacks.

Four Palestinians, including the 10-year-old girl, were killed by IDF fire in Bethlehem, Palestinian residents reported. Apparently, the incident occurred when a special IDF force was trying to assassinate two wanted terrorists. The force opened fire at the car with the terrorists, but also killed a passerby, Muwafat Badran, and a girl in the car in front, Christine Sa'ada.

According to the Palestinians, the force snatched two of the bodies and disappeared. The child's father, George Sa'ada, and her mother and sister, have apparently sustained moderate to serious injuries and were taken to Hadassah Hospital.

In Jenin, a 14-year-old boy was shot dead and a 12-year-old boy was seriously wounded by fire from an Israeli tank, doctors said. The Israeli military said they were shot while climbing on an armored vehicle.

Yesterday was the fourth day of the army operation in Jenin, and the IDF yesterday captured Nidal Narnariya, who is suspected of being involved in several terror attacks, including last week's shooting on the road between Mevo Dotan and Shaked, and the deadly attack in Beit She'an at the Likud's internal elections a few months ago, in which four Israelis were killed.

Narnariya is also said to have been involved in recruiting and distributing arms to Tanzim members. Sources in Israel's defense establishment said Narnariya was planning two suicide bombings inside Israel in the next two days.

In the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, the IDF apprehended Fahed Abu Khamed, who was apparently planning to carry out a suicide bombing.

In Ramallah, the IDF arrested two Fatah activists who were reportedly driving a car with fake EU plates.

Curfew in Jenin continued, but no curfew was imposed anywhere else in the West Bank.

The military court sentenced three Palestinians to consecutive life terms after convicting them of involvement in fatal attacks against Israelis, the military said.

In a statement from the military court near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit El, the military said the three were members of an Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades cell in Jenin. The group is affiliated with Fatah, the movement headed by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The military said the three carried out shooting attacks on West Bank roads and Jerusalem. The commander of the cell, Mohammed Mazlah, was sentenced to nine consecutive life terms. Among the incidents in which the military said he was involved was the attack on two unarmed Israeli reserve soldiers who lost their way and entered the West Bank Palestinian town of Ramallah in October, 2000. A mob stormed the police station where they were taken, beat them to death and threw their bodies out a second-story window.

Another member of the cell received 16 consecutive life terms, and the third was sentenced to four consecutive life terms and an additional 15 years in prison.

The defense establishment now has knowledge of 60 terror attacks planned for the near future.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=276851&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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