Israeli forces kill Palestinian in the West Bank

BIRZEIT, West Bank Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:17am EST

1 of 6. A stone-throwing Palestinian gestures towards Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank village of Birzeit, near Ramallah February 27, 2014. The clashes broke out after Israeli forces opened fire and killed a Palestinian they were seeking to arrest on Thursday, after the man had barricaded himself inside his house, Reuters witnesses said.

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BIRZEIT, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces opened fire and killed a Palestinian they were seeking to arrest in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, after the man had barricaded himself inside his house, Reuters witnesses said.

Israeli soldiers and police surrounded the home of Muataz Washaha, 24, and called on him to turn himself in. Although his relatives came out of the house, he refused to leave.

After several hours of standoff, the Israeli forces knocked down part of the building with a bulldozer and opened fire. Washaha's body was found shortly afterwards.

An Israeli military statement said that Washaha had been wanted for "suspected terror activity" and that the forces, which later found an assault rifle in the house, were operating under the premise that he was armed.

Two other suspects were arrested at the scene.

A Reuters witness said that no shots were heard from inside the home before the Israeli forces opened fire. Palestinian sources said Washaha was affiliated to a small leftist faction, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The Palestinian government in the West Bank condemned the killing. "The assassination of martyr Washaha represents a new violation of human rights. Occupation forces deliberately killed martyr Washaha," it said in a statement.

Amnesty International published a report on Thursday which said Israeli forces were using excessive violence in the West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what, they said, might constitute a war crime.

The Israeli army dismissed the allegations, saying security forces had seen a substantial increase in Palestinian violence and that Amnesty had revealed a "complete lack of understanding" about the difficulties soldiers faced.

Although their decades-old conflict has become a low-intensity confrontation, violence still flares regularly, with Palestinians accounting for the vast majority of casualties.

Israel and the Palestinians resumed direct peace talks in July after a three year break. The Palestinians seek an independent state in the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the West Bank, territories Israel captured in the 1967 war.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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Keynesian wrote:
Unbelievable, the Israeli’s claim the killed a terrorist, (aka rock thrower more likely). The claim the attempted to arrest the man but he would not come out of his home but his family did. Then you used a bull dozier to tear down his home to get at him. Really, a bull dozier? Now the hard to believe part, the big bad terrorist is alone in his home hears and feels his home being torn down by a bull dozier not less and is claimed to be armed but never fires a shot. Wow, perhaps they can build the Palestinian holocaust museum right next to the WWII holocaust because I see little difference. It is all a land grab on Israels part through genocide and ethnic cleansing. The worst part is that if you dare to say so you are accused of being anti-Semitic. One just needs to look at what was said about Jimmy Carter after he accused Israel of much of the same. Shameful!

Feb 27, 2014 10:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Israeli forces have killed more than three dozen Palestinian civilans in the past couple or so weeks, which, of course, is nothing compared to the 140,000 deaths in the neighboring Syrian civil war, meaning the Israelis suggest the murdered Palestinians hardly count in the region’s violent death toll and that the dead Palestinians brought it on themselves by virtue of being who they are — foreigners in a land Jews worldwide believe is theirs because God gave it to them and they must now honor God’s gift by killing the foreigners much as God did to Israel’s enemie in the past, according to the scriptures folowed by Jews and Christians. God, it seems, is a man — a bloodthirsty and evil man when it comes to people who he created but who don’t follow the Hebrew faith he appears to favor.

Feb 27, 2014 11:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
An Israeli military statement said that Washaha had been wanted for “suspected terror activity” and that the forces, which later found an assault rifle in the house, were operating under the premise that he was armed.
lol
sounds like isreal are the terrorists
bunch of murderers if you ask me
isreal live with your idiocies lol
the jews cry god is great and they kill peeps who believe in the same god
you know Abraham is the creator of the 3 religions
get off your high horse isreal and pucker up for satan

Feb 27, 2014 12:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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