Last update - 01:41 01/03/2007
Bedouin girl shot in head; IDF suspected
By Mijal Grinberg
A Bedouin girl in the northern Negev was shot in the head on Wednesday, apparently by a soldier of the Israel Defense Forces. The military police are investigating.
The girl, 12, was hospitalized at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva with life-threatening wounds.
The girl, who had been herding sheep, was brought to an IDF base by a Bedouin man who said the girl had been shot by IDF soldiers after wandering into a firing zone.
A paramedic confirmed severe head wounds. The girl was evacuated to the hospital.
The IDF has not confirmed any details of the incident.
It is unclear whether the girl's family had a permit for herding in the area. The herding season has begun and many Bedouin have complained of a shortage in herding permits.
Since 1999, no new permits have been issued.