Posted by: Lister | July 23, 2009

Samar Abed Rabbu

The BBC reports the story of a young girl paralysed in Israel’s attack on Gaza:

“She has had two operations so far,” said physiotherapist Pierre Van Lierde. “One in Gaza and one here in Brussels. But the bullets are lodged too deeply. It’s too dangerous to remove them and at least one of them is embedded in her spinal cord.”

[…] The family alleged that Israeli soldiers had opened fire at close range – as they lined up outside the house and while Samar’s grandmother waved a white flag.

When the war ended we travelled to Jabaliya, northern Gaza, to find Samar’s father. He told us that Samar’s two sisters – Soad, 7, and Amel, 2 – had been killed in the assault. We brought him news that his only surviving daughter was now paralysed.

[…] The Israeli Defence Force has told the BBC that their inquiry into the family’s allegations had found no evidence of such an incident. They stressed they have never targeted innocent civilians.


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