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Palestinian 'extrajudicially executed' by Israelis laid to rest

Nov. 4, 2017 1:53 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 5, 2017 6:01 P.M.)
Palestinian mourners carry body of an 18-year old Palestinian woman who was shot by Israeli forces after allegedly trying to stab a soldier(AFP, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestinians on Friday evening laid to rest 26-year-old Muhammad Moussa in his home town of Deir Ballout, near Salfit in the central occupied West Bank, shortly after receiving his body from Israeli authorities on Friday afternoon.

Moussa was shot and killed on Tuesday morning near the illegal Halamish settlement north of Ramallah, after Israeli forces opened fire on his vehicle as he was passing a flying checkpoint set up in the area.

Witnesses at the time said that Moussa was shot in the back, and was left to bleed out on the street before medics arrives. He died on the way to an Israeli hospital. His sister Latifa, 33, was injured during the shooting and was reported to be in moderate condition.

The Israeli army claimed at the time that they opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle that approached the soldiers in a “suspicious manner.”

A report from Wafa news on Friday claimed that the siblings were driving to Ramallah in a car with Israeli license plates when an Israeli army patrol waved at the car to stop.

“However, driving an illegal car, (Moussa) panicked and drove away, but when he got to the entrance of the nearby settlement, an Israeli settler opened fire at the car killing Mohammad and injuring his sister in the shoulder,” Wafa said, contradicting earlier reports that he was shot by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on Moussa’s killing.

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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