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Soldiers on a Rampage; Children and Unborn Die

ACTION APPEAL FROM NABLUS: STOP THE VIOLENCE

Appeal Directly From International Peace Activists in Balata Camp!

"Demand that soldiers stop this senseless shooting of children. We know that the shootings of children in Balata will continue unless international pleas are made now!".

"We just shot an Arab boy-now you will hear his screams," Israeli soldier to family

Latest Update, Thursday PM: Mother six months pregnant-unborn child dies

ISM activist: "I haven't seen them come into the camp like they did today,. ……."

Israeli soldiers drove into Balata camp this morning and proceeded to shoot a 15 year old boy, Nasser, in his stomach. Two hours later they blew the arm off another boy, Abdul Salem. Internationals volunteers are trying to prevent the soldiers from shooting more children but the soldiers are continuing to rampage and shoot live rounds.

Almost every day for the last three weeks soldiers have come into the camp parked their jeeps to provoke the children and then used excessive force against them. Two days ago in Nablus, a soldier leaned out of an occupied house and shot Salim Alkusa (16) in the stomach, he died two hours later. The soldiers first pointed his gun at a medical crew. Internationals yelled out,"don't shoot," he changed direction aimed his M16 at a group of teenagers on the other side of the road and shot Salim.

Later in Balata, whilst internationals were standing with a group of children, a soldier opened the side door of his jeep and shot Sami Abu Mustafa in the back of his head. Internationals and medical volunteers ran to pick him up– there was a hole in his skull, he was bleeding profusely and his eyes were rolling back.

In the last three weeks in Balata alone, soldiers have shot and killed three teenagers, one while he was drinking tea with his friends in the cemetery next to the grave of his relative. There is no reason for the soldiers to be in the camp: often they do not appear to be doing any kind of military operation; they do not arrest anyone; they just seem intent on terrorizing the residents.

The last boy killed was shot from a house which soldiers had occupied up on a hill. The family whose home it is told us that just after the soldier shot the boy, he turned to them and said: "We just shot an Arab boy, now you will hear his screams".

Latest update: Israeli soldiers occupied the home of the Walweel last night. The family had already lost their son six months ago when he was shot by an Israeli soldier. The mother was six months pregnant and the terror she experienced when the soldiers entered the home resulted in the death of her unborn child. ISM activists accompanied the male members of the household to the cemetery to bury the baby.

Names of those shot since 17th July.

Husam Abu Zaitoun 17 years old - shot dead whilst he was drinking tea with his friends in the cemetery next to the grave of his relatives Salim Alkusa 16 years old shot in the stomach - died 2 hours later Sami Abu Mustafa 15 shot in the back of head now in intensive care Bashar Zwiek 16 shot in the eye with a rubber coated metal bullet - now blind. Mohammed Hurani 15 shot and killed in the street yesterday by snipers. Yasir Tantawy 20 Soldiers shot him in the leg, then whilst he lay injured on the ground and while a medical crew tried to reach him, a soldier got out of his jeep and riddled his body with bullets. August 4, Israeli soldiers shot a market stall holder dead.

Latest child martyr: unborn baby

All of these people were unarmed and soldiers could see clearly who they were shooting.

Please call the DCO and Government Officials. One call can make a difference if we all make the call!

Nablus DCO (Israeli military liason) Tel: +972-2-548-6217/5 Fax: +972-548-6218

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Fax: +972 2 6705475 Telex: 25279 MPRES IL E-mail: pm_eng@pmo.gov.il Salutation: Dear Prime Minister

Spokesperson of the Prime Minister Foreign Minister Silwan Shalom sar@mofa.gov.il Fax: 011-972-2-530-3367 Email: sar@mfa.gov.il

Minister of Interior: Avraham Poraz (fax: +972-2-5666376)(fax: 972-2-6701628)(fax: 972-2-6701585) Email: sar@moin.gov.il

Minister of Justice: Enav Golomb State Attorney's Office Fax: 011-972-2-646-6655

url for nearest Israeli Embassy: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/israel.htm


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