Sentry: "We spotted an Arab female about a hundred meters below our emplacement, near the light armored vehicle gate."
Headquarters: "Observation post ! Do you see IT?"
Observation Post: "Affirmative, IT'S a young girl. She's now running east."
HQ: "What is her position?"
OP: "She's currently north of the authorized zone."
Sentry: "Very appropriate location."
( Sound of gunfire)
OP: "She's now behind an embankment, 250 meters from the barracks, She keeps running east. The hits are right on her."
HQ: "Are you talking about the girl...a girl under ten?"
OP: "Approximately a ten-year old girl."
OP to HQ: "Receiving, over."
OP: "She's behind the embankment, dying of fear, the hits are right on her, a centimeter from her."
Sentry: "Our troops are storming toward her now. They are around seventy meters from her."
HQ: "I understand that the company commander and his squad are out?"
Sentry: "Affirmative, with a few more soldiers."
OP: "Receive. Looks like one of the positions dropped her."
HQ: "What? Did you see the hit? Is she down?"
OP: "She's down. Right now she isn't moving. Me and another soldier are going in."
( To the squad) "Forward to confirm the kill!"
Company Commander to (HQ): "We fired and killed her. She has...is wearing pants...jeans and a vest, shirt. Also, she had a kaffiyeh on her head. I also confirm the kill. Over."
CC: (on general communications band) "Any motion, anyone who moves in the zone, even if it's a three-year old, should be killed. Over."
***The Palestinian school girl in the forbidden zone was hit by 17 bullets.
-Rafah, ("In the Zone", Harpers Magazine, May 2005 Image: - Unknown Artist, "Hounds Chasing A Hare," Life Magazine, 1900).