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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Kid demolishes West Bank Wall

A Palestinian boy drove his 1994 model toy car right into Israel’s controversial West Bank Wall, leading to its collapse.

Stunned Israeli soldiers looked on as Sheikh Bin Mohammad Al-Fakir, 7, played with his car, near the border. Witnesses said the kid lost control of the car after its brakes failed.

Israel had begun construction of the controversial wall in 2002 to keep away Palestinian suicide bombers. But the Palestinians consider it a means to annex their territory.

An Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman said the child’s act was deliberate and aimed at destabilizing relations between Israel and Palestine.

The spokesman said the child had been identified and would be targeted for a missile attack shortly.

Truckloads of cement and bricks were seen rushing towards the scene shortly after the incident. Work on reconstruction of the wall will begin shortly, according to sources.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has summoned an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the course of action.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has congratulated Al-Fakir for his ‘bold and decisive act’ and called on fellow Palestinians to follow his example.

Al-Fakir escaped with minor injuries on his little thumb.

In Washington, United States President George W Bush said he would personally finance reconstruction of the wall.

A Toys R Us spokesman in New York confirmed the car was purchased from its Manhattan store many years back.


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