[Yemen Post] The Yemeni government has officially demanded the United States to extradite about 80 Yemenis placed in durance vile Book 'im, Mahmoud! in Guantanamo bay, refusing to hand them over to a third state, diplomatic sources affirmed .
The sources said that Sana'a also demanded to hand over a body of Adnan Farhan Abdul-Latif who passed away inside the notorious detention.
Yemen's President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi has discussed with US officials the cases of the Yemeni detainees, dropping conditions set by the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... for their sending them back to Yemen, media sources had reported.
"Saleh demanded $200 million in return for receiving the Yemeni detainees, but the US offered him only $20 million. The two sides could not reach an agreement to release the detainees by then," the US officials told Hadi.One of the sources said the US officials admired Hadi who said the detainees are Yemenis and their government should be responsible for their release, it added. The Yemeni detainees make up about half of all those held in Guantanamo. In the past few years, a number of them were released and sent home.Several returned Yemeni detainees were charged and stood trial, following their repatriation. Yemen established a special Criminal Court for Terrorism where their trials took place.
Obama vowed during his campaign of the first term to shut down Guantanamo bay. However, those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things... his administration suspended the repatriation of Yemeni detainees , where a deteriorating security situation driven by a branch of al-Qaeda has stoked fears that detainees could join the terrorist organization if released.
Afghan intelligence officials claimed today that the Taliban shadow district chief for Chak in Wardak province was assassinated by "Pakistani" gunmen in Quetta, Pakistan. Two gunmen riding on a motorcycle reportedly shot and killed Mullah Syed Ahmad Shahid Khel on Sunday afternoon.
According to Pajhwok Afghan News:
Shahid Khel, [sic] the Taliban's deputy minister of education and administrative head of the Chak district in Maidan Wardak, came under gun attack on the outskirts of Quetta.
The attack has worried senior Afghan Taliban leaders about their security in a city seen as their longtime sanctuary and capital in exile. The militant leader was hit in the leg, stomach and chest.
One Taliban source confided to Pajhwok that Shahid Khel had earned the wrath of younger Pakistani extremists by denouncing them for attacks on mosques and civilian deaths.
The reported death of Shahid Khel is the latest in a string of violent Taliban-on-Taliban killings that have gripped the region this year. Taliban infighting has killed numerous Taliban commanders and officials inside Afghanistan and Pakistan since April.
[Dawn] At least five gunnies were killed and several bad boy hideouts destroyed Wednesday in a military operation by Pak security forces in South Wazoo tribal region, officials said.
Gunship helicopters pounded several bad boy hideouts of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) in Sanzela village, located east of South Waziristan's main town of Wana. Sources said several bunkers and compounds in use by gunnies were destroyed.
Six suspected gunnies were also reported to be injured in the operation.
Military sources said the operation commenced at first light of day and was carried out through the evening.
South Waziristan is one of seven regions in Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), governed by tribal laws. An myrmidon insurgency led by the Pak Taliban (TTP) plagues the region, which is close to the porous Pak-Afghan border, while the area is known to be infested with bad boys, including the al Qaeda, the Taliban and several other armed myrmidon organizations.
[Dawn] Police on Wednesday claimed to have cooled for a few years Please don't kill me! five hard boyz of banned outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) allegedly involved in terrorism activities in Punjab province.
Addressing a news conference here at the Police Club, Inspector General of Punjab Police Haji Habibur Rehman said that the myrmidons belonging to North Wazoo's Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... area were arrested in a joint operation by the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Police Multan and Makhdoom Rasheed Police.
He said that the hard boyz were involved in several crimes including a bank robbery in Green Town area, an attack on Babu Sabu checkpost, an attack on District Police Officer (DPO) Dera Ismail Khan ... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ... office, the murder of constable in DI Khan and multiple attacks on members of the Shia sect.
The outlaws were arrested on information obtained through five criminals earlier arrested by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... police, he said, added that they had planned to carry out terrorism activities during the month of Moharram.
[Dawn] An Indian military front man has claimed that two alleged snuffies from Pakistain and three Indian troops were killed on Wednesday in a shootout in Indian-administered Kashmire.
The shootout took place in Kashmire's Nowgam sector, 100 kilometres from the summer capital Srinagar, as the rebels tried to cross into the Indian administered side.
"An infiltration bid was foiled by troops on the Line of Control, killing two myrmidons, but three soldiers were also killed," Colonel A. Vashisht claimed, referring to the de facto border that divides the Himalayan region.
In another encounter late Tuesday, Indian police claimed to have rubbed out a commander of the Pakistain-based myrmidon group Lashkar-e-Taiba ...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI... (LeT) in a shootout.
"A most wanted myrmidon commander affiliated with LeT was killed by a joint search party of the police and army," a police officer said.
[Dawn] Twin road side blasts in upper Kurram tribal region on Wednesday maimed five civilians, officials told Dawn.com.
Tribesmen travelling on foot were hit by the improvised bombs (IED) planted on the roadside in Kurram tribal agency, said an official, adding that three of the people were maimed in Spina Shaga area while two were maimed in Pewar Tangi area of upper Kurram agency.
The injured, who were shifted to Agency Headquarters Hospital Parachinar, were stated to be stable according to the hospital sources.
Kurram agency, which is close to the Pakistain-Afghanistan border, is one of the seven regions in Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), governed by tribal laws. An Death Eater insurgency led by the Pak Taliban plagues the region while the area is known to be infested with Death Eaters, including the al Qaeda, Taliban and several other armed Death Eater organizations.
[Dawn] Incidents of violence and assassinations claimed at least six lives in the city on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.
A man was rubbed out in Junejo town of Baloch Colony. Two other men were rubbed out in the area of 51-C and Manghopir.
A holy man was rubbed out in the area of Jamshed quarters. Tension prevailed in the area after his killing and angry protestors forced people to shut their shops.
Earlier today, two people became the victim of indiscriminate firing in the areas of New Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... and Orangi town.
Police busted robbers in the area of Quiadabad. Two robbers were killed and two coppers received bullet injuries during exchange of fire.
Meanwhile east zone police of the city set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! 91 suspected criminals in the last 24 hours. 27 pistols, three repeaters, stolen cycle of violences and drugs were recovered from them, the police sources said.
Prime Minister's concern
Addressing a session of federal cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the wave of violence in Bloody Karachi was an issue of concern.
He said that cut-thoat elements wanted to exploit the sectarian issue in the city.
PM Ashraf said that the issue of terrorism was a threat to national security.
He advised the people to report any suspected activity to the law enforcement agencies.
The prime minister advised the provincial governments to enhance the security during the month of Muharram.
Earlier, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) boycotted the Senate session on Tuesday protesting against the rising violence in Bloody Karachi.
Palestinian militants have attempted to hit Israel's largest city, Tel Aviv, with missiles fired from the Gaza Strip.
An Israeli military spokesman said two missiles had been launched towards the Tel Aviv area but neither had hit it.
One of them is reported to have landed in the sea off the city.
Three Israelis were killed by rockets from Gaza earlier, while 15 Palestinians have been killed in two days of Israeli attacks on Gaza.
While hundreds of rockets have landed in southern Israel in recent days, any missile landing in Tel Aviv, Israel's commercial capital and most populous city, would mark a significant escalation of the conflict.
The armed wing of Islamic Jihad said it had fired an Iranian-built rocket at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, AFP news agency reports.
"The Quds Brigades hit the occupied city of Tel Rabea (Tel Aviv) with a Fajr-5 rocket causing a large explosion to shake the city," the group said in a brief statement.
The first three Palestinian missiles reached the Tel Aviv conurbation, Gush Dan, Thursday night, Nov. 15. shortly after a long-range missile exploded in Rishon Lezion southeast of Tel Aviv and sirens sounded in outlying towns of Holon, Ness Ziona, Gan Raveh and Beer Yacov. None report casualties or damage. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered 30,000 army reservists drafted. The IDF spokesmen earlier reported units of the elite paratroop and Givati Brigades were mustering outside the Gaza Strip on the second day of Israel's counter-terror operation Pillar of Cloud.
Posted by: Water Modem ||
and more from Debka:
It may be said that Israel's Gaza operation did in fact start on Oct. 24 in Sudan with the attack on the Yarmouk complex manufacturing Iranian missiles near Khartoum. Former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin Wednesday confirmed debkafile's exclusive report that the factory had housed the emergency reserve stocks of the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami in the Gaza Strip.
Its destruction contributed to their loss of infrastructure.
The tough part of the Israeli operation to eliminate the terrorist war peril hovering over southern Israel from the Gaza Strip is still to come. For now, Hamas is at a loss for a strategic answer to the IDF offensive -- unless one is provided by Tehran or Hizballah coming to its rescue.
Posted by: Water Modem ||
... they have cut the electricity
... they say they will cut internet
... they say they will cut telephones
via: Henny Kreeft, Africa to Gaza Aid Convoy
Wonder if Shin Bet will find the time to target Anonymous?
Posted by: Water Modem ||
The statement continued: â€śNo matter how dark it may seem, no matter how alone and abandoned you may feelâ€"know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.â€ť
Hackers have attacked and taken down numerous Israeli websites since yesterday. According to the Express Tribune:
The group managed to deface a top Israeli security and surveillance website http://falcon-s.co.il. The account @Op_Israel tweeted:
â€śHacked http://falcon-s.co.il | Top Israel Security & Surveillance | Stop bombing #Gaza#OpIsrael#GazaUnderAttack#Anonymousâ€ť
In its second salvo, it managed to take down the website of the Israel Ministry of Defense, IDF.il. @AnonymousPress tweeted:
Another Twitter account linked to the group tweeted that defacing or taking down websites was not a priority for the group, rather it was ensuring that Palestinians on the ground had access to the Internet, cut off by Israel, so that communications with aid providers and rest of the world may continue unhampered.
â€śTaking down websites is not a priority at the moment. Ensuring internet access to get information out of Gaza is the #1 priority.â€ť
Multiple accounts linked to the group or supporting the group tweeted online tutorials on how to stay connected to the internet when the government shuts down Internet service providers.
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Egypt's Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, formerly headed by President Mohamed Morsi, said on Wednesday Egypt would no longer stand by as Israel attacked Palestinians after air strikes killed a Hamas leader. The FJP, the political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement, said Israeli air strikes that killed top militant Ahmed al-Jaabari in Gaza earlier on Wednesday required "swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres."
The party, which fielded Mohamed Morsi in a June election to replace toppled president Hosni Mubarak, said Israel "must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Egypt."
Egypt "will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression, as in the past," the party statement said.
Morsi, a vociferous supporter of the Palestinians before his election, had been expected to open up to the blockaded Gaza Strip bordering Egypt, but his government has backed off from his pledges.
They will all call a cease fire or a US intervention when they get into tactical deep sh*t. I hope Bibi ignores the US this time for Israel's survival's sake.
Posted by: Alaska Paul ||
So in other words, Egypt has no problem with Hamas shooting hundreds of unguided rockets at Israeli civilians. Israel should not fight back.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
Hasn't it always been that way with the Islamic world (and Europe and the UN...) Rambler. Israel is supposed to take hit after hit after hit - murder after murder... but just once strike back and suddenly it's all Israel's fault!
Lest we fergit, iff the US is the one-n-only-one whom must unilaterally "tolerate" or "absorb" any major NGO-led TerrOp(s) launched agz it, + NOT militarily retaliate or respond to same or it State sponsor, BY EXTENSION DITTO FOR ANY + ALL OF ITS MAJOR ALLIES AMAP ALAP.
* 1990's CLINTONISM = "THE US [+ only the US] MUST BE RESTRAINED/CONTROLLED", NOT ANYONE ELSE INCLUD BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE HARD/BURQUA BOYZ???
[CNN] Strikes flew across the Gazoo border in rapid succession Thursday, as Israel responded to an onslaught of beturbanned goon rocket attacks by targeting "terror sites."
The sudden increase in violence has raised fears of a widening conflict that could lead to an Israeli ground assault.
At least 245 rockets from Gazoo have been fired into Israel since "Operation Pillar of Defense" began Wednesday, the Israeli military said. Israel's Iron Dome defense system has intercepted more than 80, the Israel Defense Forces said. And Israel has responded by targeting 156 "terror sites," the IDF said.
Rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel killed three people and injured six on Thursday, Israeli officials said, as Israel launched numerous airstrikes across the Gaza Strip and the military showdown lurched closer to all-out war.
Eleven Palestinians have been killed and 100 injured in Gaza since Wednesday.
The funeral was being held Thursday for Ahmed Jabari, the senior Hamas military commander, who was one of those killed in the Israeli Defense Force airstrikes.
The IDF said on its website that the three people who died in Israel Thursday were civilians.
It added that 43 of the rockets from Gaza had been intercepted by its defense systems, and that it had targeted 156 "terror sites" in Gaza since the start of what it called "Operation Pillar of Defense."
2:00 PM From the Algemeiner: Source: Kiryat Malachi Victim Was Chabad Emissary From India Visiting Israel for Mumbai Victimsâ€™ Memorial Service
Israeli political consultant Jonny Daniels citing an Israeli source and a Chabad leader in Israel told The Algemeiner that among the victims of this morningâ€™s Gaza rocket attack on the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi was a Chabad â€śshlucha (female emissary)â€ť to India, who was visiting Israel this week for the memorial service of Chabad Mumbai terror victims Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. The Hebrew anniversary of their brutal murder is today.
A second victim said to be in his late forties was the father of the 8 month old baby girl who was injured. (source)
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has been killed and 12 Jordanian policemen wounded as a police station came under attack in the northern city of Irbid in Jordan, state media reported.
The incident came a day after Jordan was hit by a wave of angry protests over a huge rise in fuel prices, with rioting and clashes erupting in Amman and other cities and another police station attacked.
"Twelve policemen were injured when a group of terrorists gunmen attacked a police station in Irbid. One of the terrorists gunmen died in a shootout, while four others were wounded," said a police statement carried by state-run Petra news agency. "All the wounded were taken to hospital. Some of the policemen are in serious condition," it said.
How about the four gunmen? All suffering from sepsis and sucking chest wounds, we hope?
A sudden fuel price hike has drawn sharp condemnation from Jordan's opposition Islamists, who warned of civil disobedience and increased opposition to the government in the run-up to general elections in January, which they are boycotting. The Islamists said they plan to demonstrate later on Wednesday near the Interior Ministry, on Gamal Abdel Nasser Circle, where 24 people were arrested on Tuesday night during a demonstration of 2000 people.
Education officials said about half the country's 120,000 public school teachers went on strike on Wednesday after a call by their union, affecting at least 2000 schools countrywide.
"The strike will continue until the government goes back on its unjust and irresponsible decision that seeks to make Jordanians poorer," the teachers' union said in a statement.
Lawyers stopped working in Amman and no one noticed other trade unions said they were considering similar strike action, while youth groups and some political parties staged demonstrations in the capital and other centres.
Violence erupted on Tuesday night as news spread of the prices increases, under which the cost of household gas will rise 53 per cent and petrol about 12 per cent.
[Al Ahram] "The number of Paleostinians killed in Gazoo so far is nine and the number is increasing," the envoy, Riyad Mansour, told news hounds. Paleostinian sources in Gazoo said seven had been killed, including a top Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, military commander.
"The situation is very explosive," Mansour said. Heh...Yeah. Ask Ahmed.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this latest aggression against our people," he said, adding there was "no justification whatsoever" for the killing of Paleostinians by Israeli forces.
"They are mobilizing a large number of forces, ground forces, with the possibility of moving in the Gazoo Strip," the UN envoy said.
Terrorists from the Gaza Strip renewed their rocket-fire on southern Israel following the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense Wednesday night, which struck terrorist targets in the Palestinian enclave.
The Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted 25 rockets, most of which were Grad rockets launched toward Beersheba. According to Police, a total of 83 projectiles were fired during the course of the evening.
Six rockets landed near Beersheba, one causing damage, and Channel 2 reported that for the first time, a rocket was fired toward Dimona, home to Israel's nuclear reactor. One rocket struck a house in Ashdod, and another damaged electric infrastructure in Eshkol.
MDA on Wednesday treated a total of 16 people for injury or shock after a bevy of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck Israeli territory. According to MDA, two people were lightly injured in Beersheba, one from shattered glass and the other from falling down the stairs. Fourteen more were treated for shock as well, 12 in Beersheba and two in Sderot.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that IDF operations wiped out most of the long-range Fajr rockets, which have the capability of reaching the center of the country and Tel Aviv.
total since Wed is as of an hour ago about 250+
Britain came out with a statement, about 6 hours ago, that blamed the conflict on Hamas.
No info yet on what the saudis,etc. are thinking. They are somewhat conflicted in that they suspect Hamas of helping Iran.
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updated total since beginning of IDF operation
280+ rockets fired from Gaza
250+ IDF strikes in Gaza
3 civilian deaths in Israel
~10 Hamas, 2 Islmc Jhd deaths in Gaza
~8 other deaths in Gaza (some may be Hamas logistic or other auxiliary)
On Diplomatic side US and UK have been supportive of Israel. Egypt is fuming, Syria issued perfunctory anti Israel statement, Hamas is, thru the Egyptians and the PA, appealing to the UN to make it stop (which is a sign that they are hurting)
Posted by: lord garth ||
Probably just the beginning of a campaign to defeat Iran and its proxies in detail. Last month Israel smashed their logistics base in Sudan. Once Hamas is defeated, expect Israel to turn to Hezbollah. Once weapons and infrastructure there has been destroyed or degraded, then Israel can attack Iran directly.
Here we see the implementation of a classic, and strategic, plan to divide and defeat (note: not conquer) Israel's enemies.
Combined with harsh sanctions, entanglements in Syria, and covert actions against Iranian infrastructure, soon Iran will be broke, bereft, and (essentially) benign.
The IAF struck and killed Hamas armed wing Izzadin Kassam Brigades commander Ahmed Jabari in central Gaza on Wednesday. The strike marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense to target Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza, IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai announced.
Jabari was killed when an IAF missile struck the car he was traveling in, in the central Strip. One other person was killed in the attack.
Following the assassination, the IAF struck over 20 underground rocket launchers belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The airstrikes targeted long-range rockets in the possession of terror organizations, such as the Fajr-5 and other rockets that are capable of striking Tel Aviv from Gaza. Palestinian sources said that six Gazans were killed in the IDF strikes.
Fajr-5: say, isn't that an Iranian brand?
The IDF said it believes it has eliminated the majority of the long-range threat.
"The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations," Mordechai said. "The homefront must brace itself resiliently," he added, describing Jabari as a man with "a lot of blood on his hands."
The IDF says Jabari carried out and ordered numerous terror attacks against Israel, including the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit and the firing of hundreds of rockets in recent years.
Perhaps his mother loved him...
He was dedicated in the womb to the goddess Kali. He never belonged to his mother to love.
Mordechai added that Gaza is a "forward Iranian base," adding that the latest campaign of air strikes targeted most of the long-range offensive capabilities in the hands of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. He added that columns of smoke were visible around Gaza.
The majority of the Gaza weapons storage sites targeted by the IAF were located in civilian residential buildings, the IDF confirmed. "This is further evidence of the pattern of Hamas to use the population in Gaza as human shields," the IDF stressed.
Typical Paleo behavior, in other words...
Ten people including three children were killed by Israeli strikes on Wednesday, according to the Gazan health ministry. About 40 were wounded. Among the dead were an 11-month-old baby and a woman pregnant with twins.
The IDF has urged civilians to pay attention to instructions from the Home Front Command in light of the developments.
In response to the attacks, Hamas said that "the occupation has opened the gates of hell™."
As you say. Git along lil Gazan dogie, git along through that gate!
Senior Hamas official Izzat al-Rishq said the assassination will not "break the will of our people, nor weaken our resistance," Al Ahram reported.
Having all your weapons blow up literally under your feet may impact that. And if not, at least you will have neither weapons nor feet.
Al-Rishq made the comments on his Facebook site, adding that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is using the "war crime" to boost his chances of reelection, but that it could "cost him his political future."
Wednesday's violence came after a four-day rocket barrage which began Saturday appeared to have come to an end on Tuesday evening. The hostilities saw over 100 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel and Israeli retaliatory strikes which killed six Palestinians. Both Israel and Hamas sent signals to each other via Egypt that they would hold their fire unless attacked, after five days of mounting violence.
A village leader was gunned down in a ride-by attack in Narathiwat province on Thursday morning. The incident when Posu Chelong, chief of Ban Lubo Batu, was checking the engine oil and water of his pick-up truck in front of his home. Two men arrived on a motorcycle and the pillion rider shot Posu three times in the head with a .357 pistol, killing him instantly.
Police believed it was the work of southern terrorists militants.
An assistant village leader was gunned down in an ambush at his rubber farm in Narathiwat province early Thursday morning. Pol Sub-Lt Chainarong Jawa, duty officer at Chanae district police station, said he received a report of the attack about 6:30 a.m. and led a team of police and soldiers to the scene.
Police found five spent cartridges from an AK47 assault rifle in the woods near the the scene. Villagers reported that that the body of the victim had been taken to Chanae hospital for a post mortem examination. He was identified as Ibroheng Taleh, 49, an assistant leader of Ban Namwon.
Witnesses said that Ibroheng was working in his plantation when a gunman hiding in nearby woods fired on him with an AK47 assault rifle. The assailant then fled. He was shot three times and died on the spot.
A Muslim religious leader was gunned down in Yala province on Wednesday.
Abdullateh Todir, the chairman of imams of Yaha district and a member of the Yala Islamic Committee, was attacked about noon while driving a pick-up truck. Two men followed him on a motorcycle and the pillion rider opened fire at him with a pistol. The imam was hit and the vehicle skidded off the road and crashed into a tree.
Abdullateh was hit six times and died on the spot. Many spent 11 mm cartridges were found at the scene of the attack.