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Palestinian teenage, Mahmoud Al-Kafafi, crushed by invading Israeli bulldozer in eastern Gaza

Date: 20 / 09 / 2007 Time: 09:47

Gaza Ma'an  

A Palestinian youth was crushed on Thursday morning by an invading Israeli bulldozer east of Al-Bureij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

The corpse of seventeen-year-old Mahmoud Al-Kafafi has been transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Dair al Balah, in central Gaza.

Under fire

Two other Palestinians were injured when Israeli helicopters opened fire at Palestinian citizens east of Al-Buraij, Palestinian medical sources reported.

Director of the ambulance and emergency department in the Palestinian ministry of health, Dr. Muawiya Hassanein, said that the injuries were serious.

One Palestinian was transferred to a clinic in An Nusairat refugee camp and the other was sent to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital.

The two Palestinians are in a critical condition.

Twin incursions

Israeli occupation military vehicles and undercover forces penetrated the area east of Al-Buraij refugee camp, under cover of fighter jets and helicopters.

Another undercover force entered the Shweika neighbourhood, southern Rafah, simultaneously with the incursion into eastern Al-Buraij.

The Israeli forces in Rafah kidnapped twenty Palestinians.

A Palestinian boy crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer

Thursday September 20, 2007 11:55 by Ghassan Bannoura & Rami Al Mughari - IMEMC & Agencies ghassanb at imemc dot org

Palestinian medical sources reported on Thursday midday that one Palestinian boy was crushed and killed by an Israeli occupation military bulldozer near Al-Buraij refugee camp in central Gaza strip.

Dr. Moaiwyah Hassanain, the director of the emergency department at Health Ministry in Gaza identified the boy as Mahmoud Qasassy, 17. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the boy run over by the bulldozer and crushed to death as he stood near some trees. Witnesses added that another civilian was injured and lay in the fields where medics and ambulances were unable to reach him.

The Israeli occupation army shot and wounded at least two Palestinian residents in the al-Buraij refugee camp. Medical sources said that they were shot by Israeli warplanes which had earlier supported the army's invasion of the area. Witnesses said that a column of Israeli tanks, supported by warplanes, invaded the eastern part of the refugee camp on Thursday night, firing heavily on homes in the area.

Meanwhile, an Israeli special-unit force infiltrated Shuka village, to the east of Rafah city, kidnapping at least 20 residents. Today's events come one day after the Israeli government declared the Gaza Strip 'an enemy entity', and announced that it is considering cutting power and fuel supplies to the region.

At midday on Thursday, Palestinian resistance fighters of the Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said that they fired 11 home-made mortar shells at the invading troops. The Israeli army has not made any reports of injuries to its soldiers.


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