Monday, March 17, 2003

Calling Tom Ridge

Israelis suffocate in war-proof room.

An Israeli woman and two of her teenage sons have died from measures designed to protect them from the looming Gulf war.

They suffocated while sleeping in a room sealed against chemical and biological weapons.

The tragedy happened in the Israeli Arab town of Kafr Qassem.

Like many families worried about the threat of an attack on Israel by Iraq the family had sealed a room in their house using plastic sheeting and duct tape.