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Second acid attack at Huwwarah; Palestinian woman arrested, three shot in aftermath

Sept. 22, 2008 9:59 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2008 9:59 A.M.)
Nablus - Ma'an - Following a second acid attack on Israeli soldiers at Huwwarah checkpoint south of Nablus, three Palestinians including one woman sustained bullet wounds from Israeli fire, and a soldier was lightly injured by the acid, along with a man standing nearby.

Sources say a woman, later identified as 19-year-old Sanabil Break, a student at An-Najah University in Nablus, splashed acid on Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint. Palestinian Red Crescent workers confirmed that soldiers responded by shooting one woman in her right leg, and two men nearby were shot one in the lower back and one in the leg. All three were evacuated to the Rafedia Hospital in Nablus

Sanabil's father, owner of a local TV station was shocked at the news, and told Ma'an, "She left home as usual at 7am on her way to An-Najah University, and I am still surprised to hear what she did."

She is a good student, he added, "she got a high average of 98.5in the general secondary exam [before starting university.]" Sanabil is the eldest daughter in the Break family.

According to Israeli media sources the army is saying Sanabil was responsible for the incident where acid was thrown on a soldier at the same checkpoint 12 days ago. During that incident a Palestinian woman poured acid on an Israeli soldier, and escaped into the crowd undetected.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an's reporter that Israeli soldiers closed the checkpoint in both directions after they detained a 25-year-old woman who wore a long Islamic gown and head scarf.

***Updated 11:39 Bethlehem time
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