Wounded student home from Israel

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The Independent Online
A student injured in a shooting in Israel in which her boyfriend was killed arrived home yesterday.

Charlotte Gibb, 20, was gunned down alongside her partner, Max Hunter, 22, as they took a cigarette break on a trip from the southern beach resort of Eilat to a tourist spot in the Negev desert last week.

Miss Gibb was treated for fractures in her left arm, right hand and a gunshot wound in the cheek. After flying back to Britain she was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Mr Hunter, a law graduate from Banstead, Surrey, was buried at the Jewish cemetery in Brighton last Friday. The couple, both students from Durham University, had been in the country for less than a week when they were shot in what was apparently a motiveless attack on Wednesday. They were planning to spend six weeks working on a kibbutz and travelling in Israel.

Miss Gibb, from Deeping St James, Lincolnshire, told Israel radio from her hospital bed in the town of Beer Sheva that it was "a miracle" she had survived the attack. An Israeli military patrol saved her life after spotting her lying beside the body of her boyfriend minutes after they were shot.

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