Civilian father and son left bleeding to death in overnight invasion of Nablus
Palestine Monitor - Tuesday July 6, 2004
Nablus - A Palestinian University Professor and his 16 year old son were among 5 killed when Israeli forces invaded Nablus in the early hours of this morning.
Dr. Khaled Saleh a US citizen and teacher at the An Najah University, was killed as his wife opened their door to soldiers who had surrounded the building. His son Mohammad was reportedly then shot as he tried to help his father.
The pair were then left bleeding to death as Israeli forces prevented ambulances reaching the building despite screams for help from Dr. Saleh’s wife.
Israeli troops had entered the West Bank city under cover of night, supported by Apache helicopters in order to search for wanted Palestinian men.
Such operations in densely populated urban areas often result in the deaths of non-combatant Palestinian civilians.
The Israeli forces later succeeded in killing the two other men they claimed to be looking for by shelling an entire residential building. Yamen Faraj, 25 and Amjad Emlitat, 30 who were inside at the time both died.
An Israeli army officer was also killed during the invasion.
Israeli Officials Never Met with Quartet
* Meanwhile representatives of the Quartet, sponsors of the Middle East roadmap, met today at the UN offices in Jerusalem.
The roadmap, which aims to create a Palestinian state by 2005, was unveiled amid great fanfare last year but has made virtually no progress since.
Whilst Ariel Sharon has on several occasions made statements to the tune that the road map is dead – neither he nor any other Israeli representatives have ever actually met with the Quartet rather pleasing themselves in dealing solely with the United States.