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5-Year-Old Girl Injured by Israeli Tank Fire

5-year-old Batool lies in a hospital bed.
Photo: Phyllis, ISM

By Phyllis
International Solidarity Movement
Tulkarm, West Bank
April 17, 2004

This afternoon, Jaafar Tibi, a teacher at Dhanabbi School was driving his three young daughters home. The youngest was asleep in the back seat. He saw an Israeli tank in the road ahead of him. He turned to the right, onto his street. His five year old daughter, Batool, turned around to watch the tank. The tank fired several shots which went through his car, the car seat and into his daughter’s chest. He kept driving to the hospital. An ambulance was in the area; the tank smashed it, crumpling its wheels.

The military denied having any forces in the area. The child is in stable but serious condition in hospital.

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