JERUSALEM April 5 —
An American peace activist working as a human shield in the West
Bank was seriously wounded on Saturday when Israeli troops allegedly
opened fire on him.
Brian Avery, 24, from Albuquerque, N.M., heard shots fired and
came out of his apartment building in Jenin to investigate just as
an armored personnel carrier rounded a corner, said Tobias Karlsson,
a fellow activist from Sweden.
Both Avery and Karlsson are members of the Palestinian-backed
group International Solidarity Movement.
"We had our hands up and we were wearing vests that clearly
identified us as international workers when they began firing,"
Tobias said. "Brian was shot in the face, and it looks like he was
hit by a heavy caliber bullet because of the extent of the
Avery was taken to a Jenin hospital but will be transferred to an
Israeli hospital. There was no immediate comment from the army.
Tobias said he, Avery and a Palestinian medical worker not with
the group were approached slowly by the troops and stood with their
hands up for about 10 minutes. There was no communication with the
soldiers, who Tobias says fired unprovoked.
Avery was semiconscious when taken in the ambulance, Tobias said.
There were few Palestinians on the streets Saturday because of a
curfew Israeli troops were enforcing.
Another American member of the group was killed on March 16 while
trying to stop an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. She
fell in front of the machine, which ran over her and then backed up,
Israeli officials are still investigating the bulldozer incident
that killed 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a student at The Evergreen
State College in Olympia, Wash.
|An Israeli border police officer
stands guard as an Israeli bulldozer demolishes a Palestinian
house in east Jerusalem's village of Sur Baher, Thursday,
April 3. 2003. Israeli bulldozers demolished eight houses in
East Jerusalem and planned to demolish six others that had
been built without permits. (AP Photo/Muhammed
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