Israeli troops kill Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint

JERUSALEM Sun Jan 2, 2011 1:24pm EST

Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Ahmed Muslamani in the West Bank town of Tubas, north of Nablus, January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Ahmed Muslamani in the West Bank town of Tubas, north of Nablus, January 2, 2011.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops Sunday shot and killed a Palestinian who approached them at a West Bank checkpoint holding a glass bottle, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.

A military spokeswoman said the man, identified by Palestinian officials as 24-year-old Ahmed Muslamani, did not heed orders to halt and they opened fire as he came closer.

Muslamani was shot in the chest and leg, said a Palestinian medical worker who collected the body at the Israeli military checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The military spokeswoman said she did not know the contents of the glass bottle. "The soldiers apparently felt threatened," she said.

Violence in the occupied West Bank has largely tapered off in the past few years as a result of security measures by Israel and a bolstered Palestinian police force supervised by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's government.

But Saturday, a Palestinian woman died the day after inhaling gas fired by Israeli forces quelling a protest a day earlier against Israel's West Bank barrier near the village of Bilin, a senior Palestinian medical official said.

The Israeli military said troops had fired tear gas at stone throwers and the circumstances of the woman's death were under investigation.

Richard Miron, spokesman for United Nations Middle East envoy Robert Serry, said they were "awaiting the full facts of these tragic fatalities" and urged Israel to protect the civilian population and refrain from using excessive force.

In other violence Sunday, militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel. Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the Hamas-controlled territory, wounding two Palestinians, medical officials said.

The Israeli military said it targeted a "Hamas terror activity center in northern Gaza and a weapons manufacturing facility in central Gaza" in response to the continued cross-border rocket attacks.

(Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi, writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Comments (9)
builder7 wrote:
These guards must be very scared to just shoot somebody with a bottle in their hand. Just because somebody does not understand a command, especially a civilian in a place where many languages are spoken, is not a reason to shoot them. This type of behavior is indicative of not only a security apparati that is out of control in that they lead these ‘guards’ into believing that they can do anything that they want, but they do. We see that they did not pursue peace again, for the umpteenth time. Unfortunately, the Israeli government never changes, they just kill them, not matter what. If the Israeli people are really free, why do they not stop this insanity, or is Uncle Sam preventing it because they need a base to protect their oil in the Middle East?

Jan 02, 2011 4:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
Castlecrag wrote:
The most moral army in the world, or the most cowardly?

Jan 02, 2011 4:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
McBob08 wrote:
What more proof to people need that Israeli troops are trained to see Palestinians as less than human? A group of armed guards were not threatened by a guy holding a bottle. There’s no way that Palestinian could have done anything to them without being gunned down by the other soldiers. He was killed because he was Palestinian, and he wasn’t acting like a scared rabbit like the Israeli government and IDF wanted him to act.

The US government needs to pull all its financial and military support from Israel. It’s a rogue state that needs to learn that it doesn’t get to exist by special rules that don’t apply to any other nation. Refuse them all aid, until they finalize a 2-state solution with Palestine; it’s the only humane thing to do. Until then, Palestinians will continue to be bullied, oppressed, kidnapped and killed by the Israelis.

Jan 02, 2011 5:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
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