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Saturday August 31, 2:00 AM
Palestinians kill teenaged girl for "collaboration"

TULKARM, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian militants shot a teenaged girl in the head and killed her on Friday for "collaborating" with Israel, Palestinian sources said.

They said 18-year-old Rajah Ibrahim was the second female in a week to be killed by members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who are affiliated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. The first was her aunt, a mother of three.

Sources close to al-Aqsa said they killed her three days after abducting her in Tulkarm, one of six Palestinian cities in the West Bank reoccupied by the Israeli army in June after a series of suicide bombings in a Palestinian uprising.

The sources said she had provided information to Israeli security services that allowed troops to track down and kill the group's Tulkarm area commander, Raed Karmi, in January.

A source close to the Ibrahim family said Rajah's brother, Alla, was also abducted and remained in al-Aqsa's custody while her mother, Yusra, had been detained and badly beaten before being released.

Dozens of men accused of steering Israeli troops to wanted militants have been shot dead for "collaborating", their bodies sometimes mutilated and dragged through cities, since the start of the 23-month-old Palestinian revolt.

But Ikhlas Yassin, the woman shot on August 24, was the first woman to be killed for so-called "collaboration" during the conflict and was also the aunt of Ibrahim.

An Israeli lawyer specialising in Palestinian collaborator cases urged the Israeli army to rescue the Ibrahim family, saying it had a responsibility to prevent lawlessness in a city bereft of police.

"There is an open threat to their lives. The army is the sovereign entity in Tulkarm. There are no police there. The people who kidnapped (the women) are members of a terrorist organisation. There is no trial," said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.

"The army has a moral and legal obligation to care for these people," she told Reuters in Jerusalem.

Yassin, a 35-year-old mother of three, was dragged out of her Tulkarm house, made to confess to collaborating before al-Aqsa militants shot her in the chest and head.

In a videotaped confession, a frightened-looking Yassin said she had passed information to her brother about movements of a Palestinian man said to be wanted by Israel and later killed by Israeli forces.

At least 1,517 Palestinians and 589 Israelis have been killed since the start of the revolt in September 2000 after talks on establishing a Palestinian state stalled.

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