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Two Internationals And Two Palestinian Boys Shot


Two Internationals And Two Palestinian Boys Shot In Nablus

[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.

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