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Gaza Strip Quiet in Aftermath of a Riot

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The Gaza Strip remained quiet today but tension is high in the aftermath of a series of incidents which culminated in a riot at the AI Burj refugee camp last Friday during which Israeli security forces killed a 12-year-old boy and wounded an 18-year-old camp resident.

The slain boy, Ismail Isma II Issa was buried Sunday but there was no renewal of the rioting. The wounded youth, Abdul Hafez, was hospitalized.

According to military government sources, the riot was touched off by shooting incidents last Thursday. An Israel Defense Force Sgt. Major was shot and wounded by a resident of Al Burj, Fathi Ahmed El-Gharbawi. And IDF officer at the scene fatally shot El-Gharbawi and later the IDF demolished his house.

The military government refused to turn El-Ghar-bawi’s body over to his family and supervised his burial elsewhere. On Friday, about 300 camp residents paraded through Al Burj carrying portraits of the dead man and waving Palestinian flags. According to the military government, four border policemen, surrounded by a crowd in the camp, fired into the air. When the crowd continued to menace them they fired into it, killing II Issa and wounding Hafez.

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