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Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces near Nablus; family denies he wounded an officer

June 05, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Zaatara Checkpoint] [Nablus]

The family of a Palestinian man killed by the Israeli forces at a checkpoint near Nablus on Monday denies he shot at an Israeli officer, wounding his leg.
A family member said that Alaa Muhammad Awad Audah, 30, was meant to receive a shipment of cellphones to his shop at the Zaatara checkpoint late on Monday, according to Ma’an News Agency. As he crossed the road on foot to avoid traffic, Israeli soldiers shot him.
An Israeli army spokeswoman claimed that the border policemen killed the man after he had first shot at one of the Israeli officers to his leg, lightly wounding him.
According to IMEMC News, the Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from helping Audah, who did not die immediately after the shooting.
The news site added that after the killing Israeli forces invaded Audah’s cellphone store in his hometown of Huwwara, just outside of Nablus, and confiscated his laptop. The soldiers spread out throughout the area, firing tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets against Palestinians that were throwing stones at them.
An hour before Audah was shot, at least twenty military vehicles escorting buses full of settlers passed through the same checkpoint on their toward Joseph’s Tomb near the Balata refugee camp on the outskirts of Nablus. Locals interviewed by Ma’an News Agency said at the time of the shooting Israeli army chief of staff, Benny Gantz, was also visitng the tomb.
Israeli forces have yet to return Audah’s body to his relatives. Arrangements were made for the release already on Tuesday, and Audah’s family, along with an ambulance and dozens of people, waited for more than an hour at the Huwwara checkpoint.
However, Israeli officers decided to postpone the release because of clashes at the checkpoint. Dozens of troops were deployed at the entrances of Huwwara early Tuesday morning.
Audah was married and had two children. The town of Huwwara has declared three days of mourning for his sake.


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