Little Aseel Ara’ara was just four years old last october playing around her uncle house, close to Israel separation wall, in the West Bank village of Anata in occupied Palestine.
She was just 100 metres aways from her uncle house when Israeli sniper from an Israeli observation tower shot her by the neck.
Her cousin, Musa, who was close by collecting scrap metal narrated how it happened.
“I usually collect metal objects and junk after school or during the holidays and sell them to help my father and to earn some pocket money,” says Musa. “Most of the time I collect things at dump site near the Wall where there are a lot of metal objects and junk.”
Musa continues: “I went to collect junk that day, as I said, and Aseel was about 100 metres south of our house. She was playing there. I left her and headed to the street near the Wall to collect junk. I could hear gunshots in the military camp behind the Wall, east of our house. Israeli soldiers train there almost every day, and we hear gunfire all the time. I’m used to it. When I finished collecting junk I came back to Aseel and found her lying on the ground, facing the military observation tower. Her neck was bleeding. I called her name but she did not respond. I did not touch her. I ran back home and told my sister, Hanan, about Aseel.”
Musa sister, Hanan recalls “I saw Musa running back to the house and screaming, ‘Aseel has been injured and she’s bleeding,’”
“We ran for about 80 metres until we reached Aseel. I placed my hand under Aseel’s head and found her neck bleeding. I washed the blood but her neck bled even more. I picked her up and started running back to the house. Aseel’s grandmother was running behind me, screaming and crying. We stopped a private car. Inside the car, Aseel would open her eyes and look at me, but without moving her legs, hands or head. She just kept looking at me as if she was in a shock. I kept calling her name but she didn’t respond.”
At the Anata health centre, paramedics gave Aseel first aid and called an ambulance. On their way to the hospital, “the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint stopped the ambulance for about 15 minutes. I do not know why they did that,” says Hanan.
Aseel was finally taken to a hospital in Jerusalem. Doctors told the father that the four (4) year old was shot in the neck with a machine gun and that the bullet entered the left side of her neck and exited on the right, shattering her spine causing paralysis from the neck down.
She died today (April 3, 2012) after over five months.
Aseel’s case is one example too many, the racist entity of Israel have consistently used violence against innocent Palestinian Children. This has reached an intolerable heights. Israel, almost on a daily basis, indiscriminately bombard Gaze and it’s urban, highly dense residential areas leave many children wounded, disabled or dead.
Last May (2011), there was the case of a 17 years old mentally disabled Khamise Habib, who was shot by Israeli snipers with ten (10) bullets in his head and upperbody for moving 50 metres close to Israel-Gaze border.
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