UN official shot by Israeli troops

25 November 2002

Israel has admitted that its troops were responsible for the fatal shooting of a UN official in the West Bank. Briton Iain Hook of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was killed during a gun battle between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in Jenin, when his mobile phone was mistaken for a gun. A UNRWA spokesman said that Hook had been attempting to arrange a ceasefire, while an Israeli army statement claimed that they had been fired on by Palestinians within the UNRWA compound - a claim the agency called 'totally incredible'. The raid on the Jenin refugee camp was aimed at finding a member of Islamic Jihad blamed for planning a suicide bombing.

In the Gaza Strip two Palestinians blew themselves up in a fishing boat next to an Israeli patrol vessel, wounding four Israelis. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack on 22 November. Israel responded by imposing a complete ban on Palestinian fishing boats operating off the Gaza Strip coastline.

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