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Israelis Kill 2 Arab Boys, Hurt American

From Times Wire Services

Israeli troops today shot and killed two Palestinians--a teen-ager and a 5-year-old boy--and wounded an American photographer during clashes with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

Deyaa Fayez, 5, was the youngest victim so far in the 10-month-old uprising in the occupied territories, Palestinians said. He died at Al Ittihad Hospital after being shot in the chest, stomach and left arm as he played in a schoolyard.

The boy was shot when Israeli soldiers opened fire on youths who threw stones at their patrol car from the schoolyard, Arab reporters said.

Hospital officials identified the dead teen-ager as Khaled Tbaileh, 14, of Nablus, who was shot in the chest.

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Doctors said both boys were killed by plastic bullets.

The wounded American was identified as Neal Cassidy, a 37-year-old free-lance photographer from Oakland, Calif. Doctors said he was hit in the right knee by a plastic bullet.

Cassidy was the first foreign journalist to be wounded in the uprising.

The deaths brought to 301 the number of Palestinians killed. Six Israelis also have died.

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Cassidy was on assignment in Israel for the biweekly Oakland-based newspaper Frontline, said Phyllis Bennis, a writer for the publication. He also works for Impact Visuals, a photo agency in New York, she said.


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