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PA Foreign Ministry condemns 'extrajudicial killing' of Palestinian

Oct. 31, 2017 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 1, 2017 3:52 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Following the deadly shooting of a Palestinian and the injury of his sister on Tuesday, The Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned Israeli forces for what they called an “extrajudicial execution” and demanded an immediate investigation into the shooting.

Israeli forces opened fire on two Palestinian siblings while they were driving along a road parallel to the illegal settlement of Halamish, northwest of Ramallah, killing the driver and wounding his sister.

The victims were identified as Muhammad Musa, 26, and his sister, Latifa, 33, from Salfit-district village of Deir Ballout.

According to official Palestinian Authority (PA) Wafa news agency, Muhammad was left to bleed at the scene before being taken to an Israeli hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His sister Latifa was taken to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah.

Following the shooting, the Israeli military reportedly said they opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle that approached the soldiers in a “suspicious manner.”

The ministry released a statement condemning the “extrajudicial execution” and the “deliberate medical negligence” practiced by the Israeli military against Palestinians.

The statement said that while the victims were “on their way as usual” to Ramallah, “all of a sudden they were shot at by Israeli forces without any reason and without posing any threat to the soldiers.”

“This reaffirms that Israeli soldiers have come to serve as machines for killing Palestinians following the Israeli government’s decisions and military instructions, turning the occupied Palestinian territories and checkpoints into a killing training field,” the ministry said.

The statement called on human rights organizations to document this “heinous crime,” which the ministry said should be prosecuted in international courts.

It also condemned the international community’s “inaction” and called upon the United Nations to “investigate this crime and hold the murderers and those who cover up the crime accountable.”

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces near settlements and checkpoints in the West Bank for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli forces and settlers.

Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.

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