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Activists witness killing of sisters in airstrike

International Human Rights Activists witness the killing of two sisters in Beit Hanoun by Israeli air-strike


For Immediate Release:

30th December 2008: Two International Human Rights Activists witnessed
the killing of two young girls in Beit Hanoun this morning. A young
boy was also seriously injured in the attack.

The two girls, one four years old, the other twelve years old were
killed as they took out garbage from their home. The deaths came as
Israeli missiles destroyed an agricultural co-operative, a PFLP
community centre and a police station in the Beit Hanoun area.

"It is impossible to avoid civilian casualties in a densely populated
area. No one is safe from the Israeli air strikes. I saw two girls,
ages 4 and 12 hit by a bomb from an F16. They were outside clearing
some rubbish around their homes. The 4 year old girl died and the 12
year old girl was being taken to the hospital on a donkey cart. The
people of Gaza have nothing left from the ongoing siege: there is not
even an ambulance to take a child to the hospital. There is no excuse
in dropping bombs on Gaza, as civilian deaths are unavoidable. The
reality for the children of Gaza will not change until there is
international pressure on Israel to end the bombings and the ongoing
siege." - Ewa Jasiewicz (Polish/British) - Free Gaza Movement

"Bombs do not discriminate. I saw two girls, ages 4 and 12 get hit by
a bomb from an F16. They were outside clearing some rubbish around
their homes. The 4 year old girl died and the 12 year old girl was
being taken to the hospital on a donkey cart. Israel is striking Gaza
after leaving the population with nothing because of the ongoing
siege. There is not even an ambulance to take a child to the hospital.
Until there is a strong voice from the international community
demanding that Israel end the siege and bombings, everyone is in
danger." - Alberto Arce (Spanish) - International Solidarity Movement


ENDS

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