British peace activist shot by IDF troops in Gaza Strip
By News Agencies
International Solidarity Movement
April 11, 2003
Israel Defense Forces troops shot a British peace activist working with
the International Solidarity Movement on Friday, witnesses said.
Doctors said the Briton was brain dead.
The activist was standing in between IDF troops and a group of
Palestinian children when soldiers opened fire, said Khalil Abdullah who
works with the Palestinian-backed peace group.
"A group of ISM people were trying to set up a small protest tent
alongside a road used by the army. The soldiers opened fire," said
Abdullah, who witnessed the shooting.
The 24-year-old Briton was shot in the head and declared brain dead
shortly after arriving at the United Nations Work and Reliefs Agency
hospital in Rafah, where the shooting occurred, according to Dr. Ali
An IDF spokeswoman said she was checking the report.
On March 16, American activist Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed while trying
to stop an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Corrie, a
student in Olympia, Washington, was the first member of the group to be
killed in 30 months of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.
The group claimed the bulldozer ran over her and then backed up. The army
denied the claim and said the operator of the armored bulldozer did not
Last week, Israeli troops in an armored personnel carrier allegedly shot
Bryan Avery, 24, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the face. He had been
working in the West Bank city of Jenin. The army said it was firing at
gunmen in the area and was not aware it hit Avery.
Activists in the group work in the West Bank and Gaza as human shields,
often placing themselves between the Palestinians and the Israelis.