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Family in shock after son killed following alleged West Bank attack

Nov. 10, 2015 8:19 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 10, 2015 9:09 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- The family of a Palestinian teenager killed on Tuesday following an alleged attack said they were shocked after finding out their son was involved.

Relatives of Sadeq Ziad Gharbiyeh, 16, told Ma'an that they had no idea he was travelling to the Bethlehem area and thought he had gone to school in Jenin, where he lives.

His cousin, Murad Abu Gharbieh, said the family saw images of Sadeq on social media, before receiving a phone call from the Palestinian liaison office to inform them that Israel had taken his body.

The driver of a shared taxi that Sadeq was traveling in told Ma'an that the teenager had dropped his phone at the checkpoint and had stepped out and gestured to Israeli soldiers what had happened.

They then took him to the other side of the checkpoint, during which time he was shot, the driver added.

Sadeq's father, Ziyad, is a well-known Hamas leader in Jenin and was one of 416 Palestinians briefly exiled to southern Lebanon by Israel in 1992.

The teenager allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli border guard at the Container checkpoint east of Jerusalem near Abu Dis.

Israeli police said that Israeli forces opened fire on the Palestinian after he approached a border guard carrying a knife.

No Israelis were reported injured during the incident.

Comments
Brian Cohen / Israel
Why shock? This is Palestinian culture. This is what they teach their children - to go out and kill kill kill. You don't see any Palestinian education for peace or coexistence, so this is no surprise at all. Come on, Hamas gave military training to 18,000 teenagers this year so far - this is expected
11/11/2015 10:19
Wissam / Kuwait
How many Israeli teenagers have received military training Brian? Does joining the IDF to "kill, kill, kill" make it ok, because killing the goyim is justified?
11/11/2015 20:29
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