Thursday, March 1, 2007

Bedouin girl shot in head; Israeli Army suspected

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.

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