Suffolk man hurt by Israeli gunfire

HE only wants peace, but today Ipswich man James Budd bears the scars of a bloody war.The 59-year-old was wounded in the head when Israeli forces opened fire on a crowd of international peace campaigners.

HE only wants peace, but today Ipswich man James Budd bears the scars of a bloody war.

The 59-year-old was wounded in the head when Israeli forces opened fire on a crowd of international peace campaigners.

Mr Budd was among 200 protesters in the West Bank town of Beit Jala who found their way blocked by Israeli soldiers in armoured personnel-carriers.

He is not known to peace organisations such as Stop The War Campaign, CND or the International Solidarity Movement and it is believed that he may have gone as an individual protester.


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The soldiers fired live rounds into the ground and walls of buildings, sending bullet shrapnel into the crowd.

Mr Budd was among three Britons injured in the attacks, which happened just as the crowd reached the town after a 40-minute march from Bethlehem.

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In all, seven foreigners were treated in hospital for their injuries and one Australian was kept in overnight after being hit in the abdomen.

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