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Israel to return body of Palestinian shot for driving in 'suspicious manner'

Nov. 3, 2017 1:55 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 4, 2017 4:28 P.M.)
Muhammad Moussa after he was shot
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities are set return the body of slain Palestinian Muhammad Moussa, 26, to his family on Friday, according to official Palestinian sources.

Walid Wahdan of the Palestinian Civil Defense said that medical crews would receive Moussa’s body at the northern entrance of Salfit city in the central occupied West Bank at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Moussa was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday morning near the illegal Halamish settlement north of Ramallah, after Israeli forces opened fire on his vehicle as he was passing a flying checkpoint set up in the area.

Witnesses at the time said that Moussa was shot in the back, and was left to bleed out on the street before medics arrives. He died on the way to an Israeli hospital. His sister Latifa, 33, was injured during the shooting and was reported to be in moderate condition.

The Israeli army claimed at the time that they opened fire on a “suspect” vehicle that approached the soldiers in a “suspicious manner.”

Following the deadly shooting, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned Israeli forces for what they called an “extrajudicial execution” and demanded an immediate investigation into the shooting.

“This reaffirms that Israeli soldiers have come to serve as machines for killing Palestinians following the Israeli government’s decisions and military instructions, turning the occupied Palestinian territories and checkpoints into a killing training field,” the ministry said.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces near settlements and checkpoints in the West Bank for allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing and car-ramming attacks against Israeli forces and settlers.

Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.

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