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Prosecutor: Body of Palestinian killed by Israeli forces not autopsied

Aug. 11, 2015 7:59 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2015 11:57 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The body of a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces on Sunday near Ramallah was not taken for an autopsy to obtain additional details about his death,a head Palestinian prosecutor said Tuesday.

Anas Taha's body was taken without the permission of the public prosecutor as his family rushed to bury him, the head of the Palestinian Public Prosecutor's Office of Ramallah and Al Bireh, Ahmed Hannoun, told Ma'an.

Hannoun added that the representative of the public prosecutor had waited for the body in the Palestinian Legal Medicine Institute, but it was never received.

Officials had previously said on Monday that Taha's body had undergone autopsy at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute before being handed to his family at the al-Jib checkpoint prior to his funeral.

Taha, from the village of Qutna northwest of Jerusalem, was shot dead by Israeli forces after he allegedly took part in a stabbing attack on an Israeli civilian at a gas station on Route 443, southwest of Ramallah.

An Israeli army spokesperson said at the time that Israeli forces opened fire "to prevent the suspect from escaping," adding that they were searching for up to three other Palestinians allegedly involved in the attack.

Taha's death brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces across the occupied Palestinian territories to at least 23 since the beginning of the year, according to UN figures.

Palestinians killed by Israeli forces frequently undergo autopsies, the results of which Palestinian officials and families of the deceased aim to eventually use as evidence against Israel in the International Criminal Court.

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