Thomas Hurndall, a 21 year old peace activist from Manchester, was trying to lead a child out of a street where an Israeli tank was located. According to witnesses, he was shot in the head by an Israeli sniper Friday, just seconds after taking the hand of a small girl to lead her away from the scene. He was wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket with reflective stripes at the time of the shooting. Thomas was comatose upon arrival at Rafah Hospital, and was later transfered to Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva where he died of his injuries.
Tom Hurndall's friends cry as doctors try to save his life at Rafah Hospital.
Thomas is the third recent casualty for western peace activists in the occupled territories. He was shot just blocks away from where Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist, was killed last month. Pacifica Radio's "Flashpoints Radio" features an interview (RealAudio) with a witness to Hurndell's shooting and with Rachel Corrie's family.