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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 June, 2003, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
Shot activist's family want action
Thomas Hurndall before being injured
Mr Hurndall was shot at near an army checkpoint
The parents of a UK peace campaigner who was shot by Israeli troops in the Gaza strip have met Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to call for the soldier who shot him to be prosecuted.

Anthony and Jocelyn Hurndall from Tufnell Park, north London, are also releasing details of two reports into the shooting - one produced by the Israeli Defence Force and one by the family.

Tom Hurndall, who lived in Manchester, was hit while trying to protect women and children, according to his campaign group, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

The 22-year-old had been working with the group in the town of Rafah when he was shot.

He is now in a deep coma in intensive care at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead after suffering severe brain damage from which he is not expected to recover.

He (the foreign secretary) is having to pursue a difficult and sensitive subject with a government which does not want to hear what we have to say
Anthony Hurndall
Mr Hurndall was flown to London two weeks ago from an Israeli hospital in Beer Sheva.

His father, Anthony Hurndall, told BBC London there had been a positive response from Mr Straw.

"He would like to look at the evidence to see how best to pressure the Israeli government to take up a prosecution," he said.

"He has given us his support. He wants to take the matter up with the Israelis.

"It's obviously a difficult position for the foreign secretary to take. He's having to pursue a difficult and sensitive subject with a government which does not want to hear what we have to say.

'Cover-up'

"But we thought positive and encouraging."

The Hurndalls claim the Israeli Defence Force report is inaccurate and a "rudimentary cover-up".

They have produced their own report which they say takes into account eyewitness statements, expert opinion, photographic and video evidence and interviews with Israeli Defence Force personnel.

They say the only thing the two accounts agree on is that Tom was shot at a checkpoint.




SEE ALSO:
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