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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Special forces attack on apartment

Last week, on the 25th, I was at a local hospital helping a young girl get transferred for better treatment when we were informed about the presence of Israeli special forces in Ramallah. We went down to the scene to discover around eight jeeps and hummers, plus a huge prison truck and around eighty soldiers.

After talking to some people, we found out that the soldiers were targetting a single apartment in the 5-storey building and had told all the rest of the residents to leave. Some had been forced out at only a moment's notice. We stood at a safe distance from the building, watching jeeps chase down kids throwing stones and trying to take photos in the dark.

Around an hour after we had arrived, soldiers opened fire on the apartment. Initially they used standard automatic weapons, but this was followed somewhat later by some high-explosive projectiles that blew out the apartment's windows. The sound of bullets and projectiles hitting the building and echoing all around the neighborhood rather scared us, despite the knowledge that we were not in danger.

After the soldiers had left (around three hours after we arrived), we went into the building with a large mass of Palestinians to survey the damage. The state of the apartment was horrific: bullet holes riddled the kitchen, the fridge, the appliances; furniture and glass were scattered everywhere. On our way back downstairs, we noticed streaks of blood on the walls and the floor. The army had clearly achieved its target, whatever that may have been.

Some pictures:
Soldiers exit their jeep to run after some kids throwing stones. We were very close to this lot, but they ignored us completely.

The soldiers forced around twenty Palestinians into this store we starting next to. They then closed the shutters in a lame attempt to keep them in. Didn't help much, as they opened the shutters and came out around five minutes later...

The blown out windows can be seen from near the store.

No comment needed, I suppose...


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read » »

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:07:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read »

Friday, March 16, 2007 3:01:00 AM


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