The Palestine Monitor
A PNGO Information Clearinghouse
3 December 2002
Israeli soldiers near Ramallah murder 95-year-old woman; oldest known victim
of the Intifada
Israeli soldiers shot to death a 95-year-old Palestinian woman in an attack
on a minibus near Ramallah earlier today, making her oldest known victim of
the current Intifada.
Fatima Mohammad Hassan Abeid, from Attara village, was traveling to Ramallah
to buy gifts for her 19 grandchildren ahead of the Eid holiday marking the
end of the Ramadan holy month.
Because Israeli forces had closed Surda, the main entry point to Ramallah
from her village, Fatima was forced to take a detour through the Jawwal
crossing in order to reach the city.
According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces stationed at the Jawwal crossing
violently attacked the minibus she was traveling in, smashing the windshield
with the butts of their guns. They then shot randomly at the vehicle, with
the full knowledge that the van was packed with civilians. Fatima was shot
in the back by one or two live bullets at close range.
Another passenger, Kifaya Rafat, 41, was shot in the thigh and is now in the
hospital. Another unidentified woman was slightly injured in the attack.