According to a news story by Reuters and Ha'aretz, Israel killed a little Palestinian boy, aged 5, in Bureij refugee camp in Gaza. Last time I looked, the story was still there, and had not been updated. The headline reads Palestinians: IDF shell kills 5-year-old in Gaza
Ha'aretz tells us
A 5-year-old Palestinian boy was killed on Sunday when an Israel Defense Forces shell exploded near his home in the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said.
Medical workers and militant groups said the boy, Abdullah Buhar, was killed during fighting between IDF soldiers and Palestinian militants in the Hamas-controlled Strip.
Buried further down in the story is a hint that perhaps the boy was not killed killed by the IDF.
Help for Israel comes from an unexpected source. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, more particular about the facts than Reuters or Avi Issacharoff of Ha'aretz announced:
On Sunday evening, 6 April 2008, ‘Abdullah Mohammed Bahar, 4, was killed and his brother, ‘Abdul Jawad, 8, was wounded when a mortar shell fell near their house in al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 15:00 on Sunday, a mortar shell fell near a house belonging to Mohammed Suleiman Bahar, 51, in the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, two of the owner’s children were wounded when they were playing near the house: ‘Abullah, 4, wounded by shrapnel to the head and the chest; and ‘Abdul Jawad, 8, wounded by shrapnel to the head. The two children were evacuated to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah town, but ‘Abdullah died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
It is not the first time that Ha'aretz or Issacharoff or Reuters were less than forthcoming with the truth.
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I went to the PCHR pages and for the life of me I couldn't see where they blamed anyone but the IDF. Left me wondering how independent the PCHR might be.
Mark, Tuesday, April 15th
I guess you'd have to say that, like the Palestinian journalists who complain about harassment, etc., from the PA or Hamas, the PCHR has an interest in properly identifying who is responsible for the killing of innocents.
Lynne T, Wednesday, April 9th
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