International Solidarity Movement (ISM) Activists in Gaza Shot Upon While Retrieving Dead Body
At 2 am last night Israeli soldiers shot and killed a man in an olive
orchard near the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt and refused to allow
anyone to retrieve the body.
At 11 am 5 ISM activists (3 US, 1 UK and 1 Swede) went to retrieve the body
but were turned back by gunfire from Israeli troops stationed in a guard
tower and a nearby Israeli tank. The troops fired at the ground in front of
the protesters and the British ISM activist hit in the leg by a bullet
fragment but not seriously injured.
This happened about 10 times while an Israeli army bulldozer destroyed the
entire olive grove and the tank created a smoke screen between the activists
and the body.
The activists observed two explosions behind the smokescreen. The first was
caused by a projectile fired by the tank. The second seemed to have
occurred due to the actions of an Israeli soldier who went behind the
smokescreen and then emerged before the detonation.
After these explosions and the wasting of the olive orchard the tank and the
bulldozer withdrew and the ISM activists were able to retrieve the body
without interference from the army. The dead man had bullet wounds to the
head and abdomen but his body was otherwise intact. The ISM activists saw
no weapon but saw an ammunition clip near the body.