Israeli Policeman Kills Arab Boy, 4


An Israeli policeman caught alone in a West Bank village opened fire today on young Arabs who pelted him with stones, killing a 4-year-old boy, the army reported.

Arab hospital officials said Amjad Ahmed Hassan died of a chest wound. A military spokesman said the policeman came under a stone-throwing attack in Beit Kad, a remote West Bank village, and “was forced to use his weapon.” He did not say why the policeman was there.

The death toll since the uprising began in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip more than 15 months ago now stands at 412 Palestinians and 18 Israelis.