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Palestinian teen 'executed' during arrest, family says

July 27, 2015 11:14 A.M. (Updated: July 28, 2015 9:40 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Latifa was "executed" during an arrest raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday, his family said, refuting claims that he fell from a rooftop while being chased by Israeli forces.

Locals said that Israeli military vehicles raided the camp early Monday and broke into the home of Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, in an attempt to detain him.

Israeli border police said they opened fire at the teenager as he attempted to run away, hitting him in the lower body. They claimed Abu Latifa fell to his death while he was running away across rooftops in the camp.

However, Muhammad's uncle, Jamal Abu Latifa, refuted the police statement, saying that Israeli soldiers detained Muhammad after shooting him in the feet.

"He was chased at 5:30 a.m., shot in the feet then arrested alive. Surprisingly, the Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest, then tied him with electricity wires and we have evidence that some of his body parts were fractured as a result of the assault by soldiers," he told Ma'an.

Jamal Abu Latifa, an official in a local camp committee, added that Muhammad did not fall from a rooftop and was not wanted by Israel for any reason.

"The occupation army executed Muhammad after they detained him."

Israeli police said they raided the camp to detain two suspects who had "planned a terror attack in Israel."

Abu Latifa is the 18th Palestinian killed by Israeli forces this year and the fourth this month.

On Thursday, Israeli forces shot dead Falah Hammad Abu Maria, 53, in the southern West Bank while arresting his son.

A day earlier, Israeli forces shot and killed Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh, 21, in Jenin.

Earlier this month, another teenage resident of Qalandiya refugee camp, Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah,17, was shot dead by an Israeli commander after throwing a stone at an Israeli military vehicle.

The Israeli commander claimed his life was in danger, although video footage later confirmed witness reports that Kasbah was running away from the soldier when he was shot dead.
Comments
Outlier / USA
I understand their horror, but their words are wrong. He was shot in the leg fell to his death, but he was not executed.
27/07/2015 18:20
Arnold / Canada
Maan ... why must you lie to your people?
27/07/2015 20:25
Phil / USA
There are so often two completely different stories given by the two sides. It becomes wearisome...who to believe? Regardless of what happened, it is really sad that another young life was snuffed out...
27/07/2015 21:02
Tibi / Tubas
Israeli forces use as much force as required, to suppress Palestinian violent clashes, whether the Palestinian violence is just routine, or violence asssociated with Palestinian worshipping or funerals, and
If Palestinians would refrain from violence, their own injuries or deaths could be avoided.
27/07/2015 21:15
Liam / UK
How can anyone take this seriously? Just like the "settlers" who "storm" Al-Aqsa...where is the storming? So Israel shoots a Palestinian and he dies--how is this execution? He was clearly wanted, so he was clearly not innocent. And, if he was in fact planning a terrorist attack, good riddance
27/07/2015 21:33
JoeUSA / USA
Outlier , according to the family he was shot , he fell , that is true. But the soldiers denied the access of medical teams to render medical care. He bled to death from both injuries and no Israeli soldier lifted a finger to render aid. They wanted him DEAD.
27/07/2015 21:55
Shalom / Canada
Which ever way you read the story, it looks like the boy was executed. Shoot someone on a rooftop in the feet, it is very likely they will fall. Alternatively there are the witness testimonies which state he was captured and killed. Not looking good for the IDF.
27/07/2015 22:40
Outlier / USA
Sorry, Joe, but I do not buy it. Unless no one lifted a finger, there were plenty of people there to render aid. Even with perfect care, people die.
27/07/2015 23:30
JoeUSA / USA
To Liam UK. Whatever happened to innocent till proven guilty. Many are wanted and are in jail under administrative detention ( no charges) . England has a deep tradition of due process of law , it seems that Liam excuses Israel ( a self proclaimed democracy ) from following due process.
28/07/2015 03:04
Phil / USA
JoeUSA, were you there to see what happened? Neither was I. So we're going with stories that we're hearing. I also read in another article that a medic was with the soldiers, but pronounced the young man dead after his fall from the rooftop. Neither of us can say for sure what happened.
28/07/2015 08:13
Dai / UK
Whether he fell from the roof or not the one thing that's not been mentioned at all is the IDF using firearms in every arrest situation. Surely they have the manpower to facilitate arrests without shooting first ,as we saw with the fatal shootings last week....the PA police arent so trigger happy..!
28/07/2015 20:43
spb / usa
is flower arrangement a popular business in gaza and areas A and B?
29/07/2015 22:46
Ray Mendoza / USA
As in the case with the IDF captain shooting a young Palestinian on grounds that his life was in danger but video later showed the teen was running away from them at the time of the shooting, showed that the witnesses account was correct and the captain was lying. IDF are not innocent
01/08/2015 21:26
Marnie / israel
Majority of responses from USA and of course continue to support the IDF and the occupation. Lay off the kool-aid. How can any of you blindly align yourselves with the IDF after this horrible week? Do you even read the articles before you pass judgment? Shoot to kill and cover up. Sick.
02/08/2015 20:34
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