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Guard Kills One Palestinian, Wounds Second

January 16, 1995

JERUSALEM (AP) _ One Palestinian died and another was wounded Monday when an Israeli guard shot them as they prepared to unload potatoes from a pickup truck outside a religious seminary.

Julani Abd, 25, of Shuafat, died several hours after the shooting outside Or Baruch boarding school in west Jerusalem, police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. Abd suffered gunshot wounds to the head, Hadassah Hospital spokesman Yossi Shouval said.

The other Palestinian, Hassan Abu Ziad, 20, of Kalandia refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, sustained wounds to the back and armpit, Shouval said.

Upon hearing of Abd’s death, some Shuafat residents burned tires and threw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli troops fired tear gas at the demonstrators and dispersed them with no injuries or damage.

The guard, a 31-year-old Russian immigrant whose name was not made public, was being questioned about his motive, Ben-Ruby said. He said the man had a gun license and a pistol and worked for a private company hired to protect the school.

Israel radio said the man apparently panicked when he saw Arabs enter the mostly Jewish area. Israel Television’s second channel said the guard thought the Arabs were trying to run him over.

Israelis are girded for possible attacks by Islamic extremists trying to use violence to foil the 1993 Israel-Palestine Liberation Organization accord.

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