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Thursday, 26 February 2009

Israeli police dog attacks centenarian

A 99-year-old Palestinian man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by Israeli army dogs. The pensioner's ear and shoulder were bitten as he lay in bed when soldiers conducted a house search.

Salem Buni Uda, the man in question, lives in the Palestinian village of Tamoun in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israeli soldiers on patrol are a common sight there. More often than not, they bring with them man’s best friend when carrying out arrests. Dozens of well trained dogs are used by the Israeli army to search for wanted Palestinian militants.

The method is not foolproof, however.

“I’m a hundred years old, what did they want from me? The ferocious dogs attacked me and ate my ears and shoulders. Now I can’t move,” Salem Buni Uda said.

He says he was in bed when soldiers surrounded his house. He says he was bitten repeatedly and taken to hospital with a gash to his left ear. More