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Shot Briton's family 'gets 1.5m'

James Miller
James Miller was filming a documentary in Rafah

The family of a British cameraman shot dead in Gaza in 2003 have accepted a reported 1.5m payout from Israel.

James Miller, 34, from Devon, was filming a documentary when he was shot dead in the town of Rafah.

His family, who have said he was shot by a soldier, said it was "probably the closest (we) will get to an admission of guilt on the part of the Israelis".

An Israeli inquiry cleared a soldier of firearms misuse but a UK inquest later ruled Mr Miller was unlawfully killed.

'Evidence' claim

The sum the family accepted was about 1.5m, according to a report on the website of Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

It said: "Following lengthy legal discussions, Israel recently paid approximately 1.5m in damages to the family of British cameraman James Miller, who was killed in Rafah in May 2003."

The family refused to confirm the figure but said in a statement: "The family of James Miller confirm that they have agreed to accept a settlement from the Israeli government in connection with the death of their son.

"They say that after five-and-a-half years they accept that this is probably the closest they will get to an admission of guilt on the part of the Israelis."

His family have said there is clear evidence he was killed by an Israeli soldier.

In footage of the killing, Mr Miller, originally from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, is seen waving a white flag as he steps from a building in Gaza. There is a shot and his colleague shouts: "We're British journalists."

There is then a second shot, which hits Mr Miller in the neck.



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