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PCHR calls for probe into Nablus checkpoint killing

June 4, 2014 2:43 P.M. (Updated: June 27, 2014 11:13 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Tuesday called for an impartial investigation into the killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli soldiers in Nablus this week.

On Monday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Alaa Muhammad Awad Audah, 30, at the Zaatara checkpoint in Nablus.

Israeli forces claim that the victim opened fire at them, injuring one of the soldiers. PCHR says there were no eyewitnesses in the area at the time to deny or confirm that claim.

A taxi driver told PCHR that he drove Audah to Zaatara checkpoint from Huwwara village at around 11:30 p.m. to pick up an order of cell phones for his shop.

The driver dropped Audah off and confirmed seeing him standing in a waiting area while driving back to Huwwara.

At 2:45 a.m. the driver received a phone call from an Israeli intelligence officer who told him that he was coming to arrest him. Around 30 minutes later, Israeli soldiers raided his home and detained him.

They took him to Audah's phone shop and questioned him about transporting the victim to the checkpoint. He only found out about Audah's death in the early morning when it was announced from the village mosque's loudspeakers.

Audah left behind a wife and two children.

"PCHR strongly condemns this new crime, which further proves the use of excessive force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians' lives."

The rights group said that it has documented dozens of crimes of "willful killings" by Israeli forces in which Israel claims Palestinians fired at them first.

PCHR's investigations have refuted such claims.
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