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Use of 21 Nov. 05: Soldiers shell house with residents still inside, setting it on fire Late at night on 23 October 2005, Israeli soldiers fired gunshots and missiles at a house in the Nur Shams refugee camp, near Tulkarm

Late at night on 23 October 2005, Israeli soldiers fired gunshots and missiles at a house in the Nur Shams refugee camp, near Tulkarm.

The soldiers opened fire without telling the residents to go outside. The residents of the house, which included small children, woke up in panic. While some of the residents were still in the building, a fire broke out inside as a result of the shelling. The residents fled and the building went up in flames. The soldiers made no effort to put out the fire that they had caused.

Part of the building was destroyed, and the building is uninhabitable. B'Tselem wrote to the Judge Advocate's Office demanding an investigation and payment of compensation to the occupants to cover their losses.