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Young Terrorist Victim in Serious Condition

Arutz Sheva January 30, 2003

The condition of the 9-year-old boy – Dvir Nissan ben [son of] Esther – who was shot yesterday afternoon by terrorists as he was driving home, continues to be very serious. He was in a car with his mother on his way to Ofrah when terrorists sprayed the vehicle with automatic weapons fire, and a bullet hit him in or close to the spine. Though still under sedation, he has moved his legs slightly, and his life is not endangered. The driver of the car, Yaakov Shteinmetz of Maaleh Levonah, is listed in moderate condition.

Prof. Shmuel Shapira, Deputy Director of Hadassah-Mt. Scopus Hospital, told Arutz-7 that Dvir’s condition is “slightly better than last night, though he is still in the emergency ward and still in serious condition. We hope that after a long treatment period, he will be able to return to maximum functionality.”

Four Israelis have been murdered during the ongoing Oslo War in the same area as last night’s attack. The most recent victim was Albert Maloul of Jerusalem, who was killed eight months ago; the others were the Kahane couple – Binyamin and Talia – and Assaf Hershkovitz. At least another four shootings occurred there in the past months, and in fact an IDF outpost was stationed there to add protection. Binyamin Regional Council head Pinchas Wallerstein said, however, that there must be a sterile area of 100-150 meters on both sides of the highway, near the two adjoining Arab villages: “Whoever enters that zone must be considered suspicious. The Arab residents will simply have to pay the price of not traveling in this area.”

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