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Indictments Issued Against Two IDF Soldiers Involved in the Killing of Palestinian Civilians

Friday, April 4, 2003

Indictments issued against two IDF soldiers involved in the killing of Palestinian civilians IDF Spokesperson 4 April 2003. The IDF Judge Advocate General issued two indictments this week against an officer and a soldier involved in separate incidents in which Palestinian civilians were killed.

The first indictment regards an incident on December 3, 2002, in which shots were fired at a suspect taxi near Surda, north of Ramallah. In the incident an elderly woman passenger in the taxi, Fatma Obeidi, was killed and another woman wounded. The soldier is charged with causing death through negligence and with the unlawful use of a weapon.

The second indictment regards an incident on October 4, 2002, in the village of Nazalat Zid, east of Jenin, in which shots were fired during a violent disturbance, killing a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Ali Zid. The officer is charged with causing death through negligence.

Palestinian Authority Demands U.S. Free Abu Abbas


Wednesday, April 16, 2003

GAZA The Palestinian Authority demanded on Wednesday the United States free Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Abbas, saying his detention by U.S. forces in Iraq violated a Middle East peace deal signed by Washington.

Abbas, also known as Mohammed Abbas, masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean in which a disabled elderly American Jewish passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot and thrown overboard.

"We demand the United States release Abu Abbas. It has no right to imprison him," Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erekat told Reuters.

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