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Monday, May 03, 2004

Yediot Aharonot


Arutz Sheva: More details on yesterday's massacre of the five members of the Hatuel family are now known. Two terrorists from Dir el-Balah, the Arab village closest to Kfar Darom and the Kisufim route to Gush Katif, lay in wait around noon for Jewish cars to arrive. They then opened fire with their Kalachnikov rifles on the cars passing by - the first of which were two armored vans belonging to a CNN news team. No one was hurt, but producer Mike Schwartz realized that a terrorist attack was in progress, and instructed the cars to drive forward and then park in the middle of the road. He thus prevented additional cars from falling into the ambush trap.

Though Schwartz heroically saved the lives of those in some ten cars behind him, he couldn't help the Hatuel family, who was already on its way into the trap. The terrorists shot at the car carrying the mother and her four daughters, and when the vehicle veered off the side of the road, the terrorists performed "ascertainment of death:" they ran over to the car and, at point-blank range, shot each of the occupants to death: Tali, the 8-month pregnant mother, and Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and two-year-old Meirav. The murderers then continued to unload dozens of more bullets into the bodies. Zaka volunteers worked for a long while afterwards to collect the body parts from the car and its vicinity.

It is possible that the terrorists evaded detection by first shooting at nearby IDF outposts, thus causing the surveillance cameras to be momentarily directed away from the road. The murderers took advantage of the moment to run up to the road and take up their positions. In addition to shooting at the cars, the murderers also threw a small bomb at the vehicles. IDF forces who did arrive on the scene shot and killed the two terrorists. Two lightly-wounded soldiers and one moderately-wounded civilian were flown to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.

Hamas, one of the terrorist groups that took responsibility for the attack, said afterwards that just as the Jews of Gush Katif are about to be expelled from their homes because of the Arab resistance, so too will all the Jews of Judea and Samaria be expelled from their homes.

It's hard to believe that there's no mention at CNN.com of the CNN crew's involvement in the attack. Moreover, the Hatuel murders are mentioned only in an article headlined, "Israel kills four militants in West Bank."

Now, c'mon, isn't that weird?