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Israel Uses UN Vehicles to Arrest Palestinians

IOF Kills Two Palestinians, Uses UN Vehicles to Arrest Palestinian Citizens

GAZA, Palestine, September 23, 2003, (IPC)-- Israeli occupation forces killed Tuesday morning one Palestinian in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Lahia.

Palestinian security sources said Israeli troops, stationed at the illegitimate Jewish settlement of "Dugit", near Beit Lahia, randomly opened heavy fire at Palestinian houses, killing one citizen.

Shifa hospital reported Marwan Najjar, 19, was killed after being shot with live ammunition in different parts of his body.

Israeli sources said they opened fire at a Palestinian gunman who was crawling toward the enclave of the "Dugit" settlement.

In the city of Nablus, one more Palestinian citizen died Tuesday of wounds he sustained after being shot by IOF more than one year ago.

16-year old Shadi Al-Khalili was critically wounded by IOF in the neck in January 2002. The child suffered from fractures in his upper back vertebrae and damages in the spinal cord, causing a complete paralysis in his body and respiratory system. On July 17, he was receiving treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, but his health kept deteriorating until he died yesterday, medical sources at al-Ittihad hospital of Nablus reported.

In the meantime, Israeli undercover units arrested more than 30 Palestinian citizens after storming a café in the city, IPC correspondent said.

Israeli soldiers used UN and Palestinian license-plated vehicles when they stormed “Abu Rabah Café”, and arrested all its customers, witnesses told IPC’s in Nablus.

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Israeli (undercover) soldiers stormed the café while they were opening fire, they stormed the café and destroyed everything they could reach. The soldiers closed the café, assaulted customers and interrogated them inside the café, IPC correspondent added.

Palestinian paramedics tried to reach the scene but Israelis prevented them.

"Israeli soldiers prevented ambulances to reach the scene and to help any expected injured one. They opened fire and gas canisters towards the paramedics," Dr Hamdan, the head of the medical relief in Nablus, said.

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