Une Palestinienne de 50 ans tuée par un soldat israëlien alors qu’elle tenait un drapeau blanc

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Entendu sur Al Jazeera. La victime, Rawhiya Najar, du village de Khuza’a, avait été sommée, ce mardi 13 janvier au matin, avec une cinquantaine de civils palestiniens, de quitter son logement – les maisons devaient être détruites par l’armée israëlienne. Alors qu’elle sortait de la maison avec un drapeau blanc, afin de permettre à sa famille de la suivre sans risques, elle fût abattue par balles par des soldats israëliens.

L’après-midi, une trentaine d’autres habitants avaient été sommés, par hauts-parleurs, de quitter leurs logements. Ayant fait environ une vingtaine de mètres, ce groupe de civils se vit tirer dessus par l’armée israëlienne – trois civils furent tués: Muhammad Salman Najar, 54 ans, Ahmad Jum’a Najar, 25 ans, et Khalil Hamdan Najar, 80 ans.

La version de Btselem:

13 Jan. ’09: Witness reports that Israeli soldiers shot woman waving white flag in Gaza Strip

A Palestinian who is besieged with his family in the Khuza’a area, in the south-eastern Gaza Strip, notified B’Tselem that soldiers had shot a woman waving a white flag and several civilians who were fleeing a bombed house on army orders.

Munir Shafik a-Najar, a resident of Khuza’a village, told B’Tselem’s researcher by telephone that as of 2.30 A.M., the army has been demolishing homes in his area, which lies near the border with Israel. The forces have been using gunfire to signal civilians to evacuate their homes.

This morning, Rawhiya a-Najar, 50, stepped out of her house waving a white flag, so that the rest of the family could leave the house and walk behind her. The witness reported that she was shot and fell. Neither family members nor rescue workers have managed to reach her to ascertain her condition, but she is still lying motionless where she fell.

This afternoon, the army announced on loudspeakers that residents are to leave their homes and walk to a school in the village center. Some 30 people left their houses carrying white flags. The witness reported that after they had walked approximately 20 meters, fire was opened at the group, killing three of his relatives: Muhammad Salman a-Najar, 54, Ahmad Jum’a a-Najar, 25, and Khalil Hamdan a-Najar, 80. Many others were injured.

The rest of the group took cover in a nearby house, in which there are currently 46 persons waiting to evacuate the premises and take shelter in the village school. B’Tselem has passed on the information at its disposal to the army and the Red Crescent.

Although B’Tselem cannot, at present, independently verify or disprove the witness’s claims, it believes their severity merits immediate notification of the media.

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