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Family of Palestinian found dead in Israel calls police reports 'bizarre'

Aug. 20, 2016 10:01 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 22, 2016 10:33 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- The family of a Jerusalemite Palestinian, who was killed in a traffic accident on a highway in central Israel overnight Friday, called the reports they received from Israeli police “bizarre."

The body of 24-year-old Wisam Jaafar Ghaith was sent to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv.

His uncle Majdi Ghaith told Ma’an on Saturday that Israeli police summoned the family members to a police station in the Neve Yaakov settlement in occupied East Jerusalem and notified them that Ghaith was killed after he was run over by a vehicle.

Israeli police, the uncle said, “claimed that Wisam was chased after he stole a truck, and after he pulled over and stepped out, a speeding vehicle hit him and he died immediately.”

“We find the Israeli police’ reports bizarre, though it is possible that Wisam was driving without a license and tried to run away from police,” added the uncle. He highlighted that his nephew served seven months in jail and has recently “avoided driving without license in order to get back his driving license.”

Ghaith did not have any criminal records and had been working in construction sites in Israel, his uncle said, maintaining that the family demanded that Israeli police carry out further investigations into the accident. 

Route 6, he said, “is full of security cameras” which could be helpful in the investigation.
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