Senior Israeli Officer Shoots Dead Palestinian Stone-thrower in West Bank

Gili Cohen
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Picture of the IDF SUV's windshield, shattered by a Palestinian throwing stones and later shot dead, July 3, 2015.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Gili Cohen
Jack Khoury

A senior Israel Defense Forces officer shot dead a Palestinian stone-thrower near the West Bank village of Al-Ram Friday morning.

According to the IDF, several Palestinians were throwing stones at an IDF vehicle from the Binyamin infantry brigade heading toward the Qalandiyah checkpoint, damaging the windshield. The brigade commander exited the SUV and opened fire at the Palestinians throwing stones.

One Palestinian was seriously injured, and succumbed to his wounds soon after. 

According to Palestinian sources, the victim was a 17-year-old teen named Mohammed Hani Al-Ksabah, who was a resident of the Qalandiyah refugee camp.

At least 500 people attended his funeral several hours after his death. At the funeral, masked men fired shots in the air as the crowd called for revenge against Israel.

According to Palestinian reports, Al-Ksabah left his home early to reach the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. He was allegedly shot in the upper body after attempting to climb the separation barrier. He was taken to a Ramallah hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Two of his brothers were killed during the second intifada in 2001 and 2002 at the Qalandiyah checkpoint.

A military police investigation was opened into the circumstances surrounding today's shooting, in accordance with the Military Advocate's policy that every Palestinian death in the West Bank not directly involved in a combat operation is investigated.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that standard procedure was followed in the incident.

According to an officer in Central Command, several Palestinians ambushed the SUV and began to throw rocks and stones at the soldiers.

"The commander did what he had to do due to threat to his life," the officer said.

The officer added that the incident occured on a major road routinely used by travelers.

Last Friday, a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli military forces Friday after he opened fire on the soldiers at the Beka'ot checkpoint in the West Bank.

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