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IOF Kills Unarmed Palestinian Boy Wounds 3 Others


Israeli Army Kills Unarmed Palestinian Boy, Wounds Three Others

Tulkarem Radhika 27 May 03

Seven-year-old Moyad Barakat sustained rubber-bullet wounds to his stomach and is currently undergoing treatment at Thabit Thabit Hospital in Tulkarem

Israeli forces shot and killed sixteen-year-old Mohammed Nazim Amin Mahmoud, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates while he was coming home from school at approximately 10:30AM in downtown Tulkarem today. ISM volunteers witnessed the soldiers denying passage to the ambulance until the boy bled to death. Minutes later, Israeli Forces shot Achmed Aatef Abu Zena, aged 16, with a live bullet in the head. Doctors report no brain damage but he remains in critical condition. Seven-year-old Moyad Barakat sustained rubber-bullet wounds to his stomach and is currently undergoing treatment at Thabit Thabit Hospital in Tulkarem. Again at 11:20AM soldiers shot 15-year-old Anass Eyad Farhanen the eye.

Tulkarem has been under heavy curfew for the past four days during which time Israeli Forces have invaded the refugee camp, conducted house-to-house searches and occupied refugees' homes. Three families, including two infants and an elderly woman with a heart condition have reported being locked in a kiosk unable to receive medical care or milk for the children.

photo on http://www.palsolidarity.org

Jenin Incursion

ISM volunteers report that the entire city of Jenin is currently under curfew. M ilitary forces entered the camp roughly around 5 AM this morning. There are at least 8 tanks and 6 armored personnel carriers in Jenin. There are two tanks located on Haifa street and one tank in the city center. A greater presence is stationed throughout the city but witnesses are unable to assess the extent of the occupation at this time. The military has been firing shots as a means of imposing the curfew and have established checkpoints in various locations of the city.

Ism Volunteers On The Verge Of Deportation Tulkarem Radhika 26 May 03

[Maaseyahu Prison, RAMLE] Americans Mike Johnson, aged 52 from Seattle, Washington and Matteo Bernal from Louisville, Kentucky are currently in transit to Ben Gurion, Airport awaiting deportation as of 7:15PM Monday evening. This in spite of the freeze Attorney Yohanna Lerman received on their deportation orders at a procedural hearing with the Ministry of Interior earlier this morning. The men stated that they intend to resist any illegal attempt to deport them.

The two men, along with a local Palestinian who was later released, were detained on Saturday, May 24 after escorting schoolgirls home during an invasion of the Tulkarem Refugee Camp by Israeli Forces. About fifteen girls between nine and eleven years old were stranded on their on way to school, crying and paralyzed in fear from the Army's sound grenades and random firing of rubber bullets. The ISM volunteers informed the Israeli Military of their decision to escort the girls out of harms way. The army agreed to let the volunteers take the children home and did not instruct them to leave the area. Upon leaving the refugee camp, after having led the girls out of harm's way the ISM volunteers were detained by the Israeli Army and later arrested, then imprisoned.

Please help us put pressure on the Israeli authorities to release both Mike and Matteo. Call the Ministry of Interior to protest the deportation of human rights activists and to demand their unconditional release. Please call or fax the Ministry of Interior: phone- 972 26701402 fax- 025666376

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