Israeli forces kill unarmed women
Israeli forces fired on a crowd of Palestinian women trying to protect gunmen hiding in a Gaza mosque, killing at least two of them and wounded several others.
Hundreds of women came to the mosque, located in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, and were urged to form a ring around the building by Hamas radio.
"Palestinian gunmen had holed up inside of this mosque," said CTV's Middle East Bureau Chief Janis Mackey Frayer, reporting from Jerusalem.
"It had been a number of hours of a standoff, and so a call to women was broadcast over the radio, which is very rare. Women responded in droves. They started to head to the mosque and that's when Israeli troops opened fire."
Hospital officials said the two killed women were both aged 40. One of the wounded, a 36-year-old housewife named Tahrir Shahin, told The Associated Press she had felt compelled to come to the mosque.
A bullet struck her leg, which doctors were forced to amputate above the knee. She has seven children.
"I was so upset about what was happening, so I answered their call," she said in hospital.
Between one dozen and three dozen gunmen had been hiding out in the mosque since Thursday, reportedly seeking refuge from Israeli troops. The militants were thought to be armed members of the ruling Hamas party's military wing.
The Israeli army said they fired into the crowd after noticing two of the militants hiding among the women. Read more
db: Those were brave women - that I am sure. Israeli forces sank to a 'new' low. Sky News showed the action - it was difficult to watch - and hard not to get a little angry. This sort of thing would not be happening if there was a genuine desire to eradicate 'terrorism'. It seems however that there is a desire to provoke it.
How could one be a Palestinian of fighting age and not wish for revenge. To carry a gun, and point it at the IDF, means becoming a 'terrorist'. But you would wouldn't you?