Parents of Gaza boy killed on film have new baby (REUTERS) VIA-MSNBC) AL-BUREIJ REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip 12/01/02)
AL-BUREIJ REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip, Dec. 1 ó The parents of a 12-year-
old Palestinian boy whose death became a symbol of an uprising for
statehood are celebrating the birth of a brother, whom they named
after their slain son.
Mohammed al-Durra was born on Friday in the Gaza Strip.
His namesake was killed in a shootout between Israeli forces and
Palestinian gunmen at Gaza´s Netzarim junction in September 2000,
when the revolt erupted there and in the West Bank.
Television footage of the boy´s last moments cowering behind his
father Jamal, who was himself wounded, shocked the world.
Two years on, the Durra family hoped for better times.
´´This child is our hope to reach peace. I hope that (baby) Mohammed
will be a message to the world which saw me trying to protect my son
who was killed. We love life and need peace,´´ Jamal told Reuters on
Palestinians say the troops shot 12-year-old Mohammed. A preliminary
Israeli inquiry supported this, but military officials have since
backed off and blamed Palestinian gunfire.
´´We had seven children and now we again have seven children,´´
mother Amal Durra said.
The family lives in a three-room home with a corrugated iron roof in
the Gaza refugee camp of al-Bureij. (Copyright 2002 Reuters Limited
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