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Four Wounded in Nablus Clash After Demonstrators Stone Troops

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Four Nablus residents were wounded in clashes with security forces Thursday.

Military sources said the soldiers opened fire after they were repeatedly stoned.

Meanwhile, the Government Pathological Institute decided that the death of a 3-year-old Arab girl, first reported to be caused by tear gas inhalation, was actually brought on by acute pneumonia and a heart condition.

The child, Nassarin Jihad a-Najnuha of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, died after Israel Defense Force troops fired tear gas grenades into her home in the El-Amal neighborhood.

Arab sources said she was a tear gas victim, but the Israel government pathologists said their was no foundation to the allegation.

They said that in addition to pneumonia and a heart ailment, the child suffered from Down’s syndrome.

Meanwhile, Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Shomron warned residents of the administered territories Wednesday that Israel was not going to ease up on its repression of the Palestinian uprising because of the Knesset elections next week.

According to Shomron, the Palestinians should appreciate that the IDF exercises restraint, not because it lacks force “but because we do not wish to hurt without reason.”

He claimed that other armies, Arab and Western, acted differently “in similar situations.”

He appealed to the residents of the territories to choose dialogue over riots.

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