PALESTINIAN TODDLER SHOT DEAD IN ISRAELI GAZA RAID
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters, 5/1/03
GAZA - Two-year-old Amir toddled over to the window of his house during an
Israeli army raid in Gaza City on Thursday, his curiosity apparently piqued
by the noise outside.
By the time his father could reach him, the Palestinian boy was dead. A
bullet had pierced his skull.
"I could not help him," Ahmed Ayyad said, choking back tears at the local
morgue, where his son's tiny body drew a steady stream of people offering
Ayyad, a grey-haired blacksmith, said Amir and his three other children had
huddled, trembling, in the house as the sound of automatic weapons fire and
tank shell explosions echoed outside.
"My two-year-old, Amir, walked away suddenly towards the window facing the
Israeli troops. A bullet hit him in the head," he said...
The Israeli military fired tank shells and heavy machine guns during the
operation and helicopters launched four missiles at the gunmen.
Sirens wailed throughout the night and morning as ambulances rushed dozens
of Palestinian casualties to Gaza's main hospital, where hundreds of
volunteers gathered to help emergency crews...