By Mijal Grinberg, Haaretz Correspondent
28 February 2007
A Bedouin girl was critically wounded on Wednesday when
she sustained bullet wounds to the head in the northern
Negev. The shots were apparently fired by an Israel
Defense Forces soldier.
The military police has opened an investigation into the
The girl, 12, was hospitalized at the Soroka Medical
Center in Be'er Sheva with life-threatening wounds.
The girl, who had been herding her sheep in the area of
the incident, was brought to an IDF base near Kibbutz Orim
in the northern Negev in the early afternoon by a Bedouin
man. The man said that the girl had been shot by IDF
soldiers after she had wandered into a firing zone.
The paramedic who treated the girl confirmed that she had
severe head wounds.
The girl was evacuated to the hospital by ambulance. The
IDF has not confirmed any details of the incident.
It is still unclear whether the girl's family had a permit
for herding in the area of the incident. The herding
season has begun and many Bedouin complained that there is
a shortage in herding permits.
Since 1999, no new herding permits have been issued.
Last year, the issue of herding permits resurfaced after a
12-year-old boy was killed when a dud mortar exploded
while he was herding his flock in a firing zone near
Kiryat Gat without a permit.
Over a week ago, 120 shepherds infiltrated a firing zone
with their herds to protest the shortage of permits.