Police re-enact killing of Palestinian girl, 10

January 28, 2007 19:13

Israeli police on Sunday re-enacted the killing of a 10-year old Palestinian girl, daughter of a peace activist, but did not come to firm conclusions about what killed her. Abir Aramin was critically wounded January 16 during a clash between Palestinian rock throwers and Israeli border police in the town of Anata, just outside Jerusalem in the West Bank. She died two days later in a Jerusalem hospital. Israeli police fired rubber-coated steel bullets at the Palestinians during the disturbance. The pellets are a common riot-control weapon but can be fatal if fired from close range. Abir's father, Bassam, 37, said the girl was hit in the back of the head by a rubber-coated bullet, but an autopsy performed by Israeli doctors, with a pathologist appointed by the family in attendance, was inconclusive, according to the Israelis. Later the family's pathologist said her death was caused by a rubber-coated bullet.

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