report from reuters
Source : Reuters
By Nidal al-Mughrabi
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and critically wounded a British peace activist helping Palestinian children cross a street under gunfire on Friday, fellow activists and hospital officials said.
Tom Hurndall was one of 12 members of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who on Thursday went to the Rafah refugee camp on the Egyptian border to protest at continued Israeli shooting in the area, said ISM member Nick Smith.
According to Smith, the 21-year-old Hurndall was shot in the head as he tried to help a group of children cross a street in an area under Israeli gunfire.
Ali Musa, director of the Rafah hospital, said Hurndall's brain had been damaged and that he was "clinically dead".
The army was checking the report.
ISM is a group which positions its activists as "human shields" around the West Bank and Gaza. Last week it said Israeli soldiers had shot and severely wounded one of its activists in Jenin.
Last month, an American ISM member, Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death by an Israeli armoured bulldozer in Gaza.
The army called that incident a "regrettable accident", saying the driver could not see Corrie as she tried to block the bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home in a flashpoint border area. ISM said Corrie was run over deliberately.
An ISM member who gave her name only as Alison said Hurndall had gone to Iraq to act as a human shield against U.S-led coalition troops and then to Jordan to help Iraqi refugees before joining the movement in Gaza.