The Israeli soldier who killed Ezzadin Tamimi during a raid on Nabi Saleh village in the occupied West Bank on June 6, shot the unarmed youth in the back as he fled, a B’Tselem investigation found.
On the morning in question, two Israeli military troop transport vehicles and a jeep drove into Nabi Saleh, with one vehicle stopping near a gas station and some ten soldiers disembarking to conduct an arrest raid – a frequent occurrence in Palestinian communities.
— Richard Hardigan (@RichardHardigan) June 7, 2018
Shortly after, two village residents – including Tamimi – approached the area to throw stones at the occupation forces, hiding behind stores some 15-20 meters from the army vehicle.
After throwing stones at the soldiers, the two youths fled. B’Tselem’s investigation found that Israeli soldiers then opened fire from a distance of around 45 meters, shooting Tamimi in the back.
Izz al-Din Tamimi received threats before Israel killed him https://t.co/n8EW8WKWxL
— direct democracy uk (@DIRECTD3MOCRACY) June 20, 2018
The human rights NGO further noted that the soldiers delayed evacuating Tamimi for some ten minutes, during which time he was not given medical treatment.
When Palestinians throw stones at armed Israeli soldiers, they are shot dead. When Israelis throw stones at unarmed Israeli soldiers, nothing happens. Jonathan Ofir looks at the evacuation of Netiv Ha’avot settlement & the killing of Izz al-Din Tamimi. https://t.co/pfsRf462tq pic.twitter.com/AQBicdaNkN
— Mondoweiss (@Mondoweiss) June 16, 2018
Later that day, Tamimi’s funeral procession left the hospital in Ramallah, where his body had been taken, and headed toward Nabi Saleh. On the way, B’Tselem described, Israeli occupation forces held up the procession for about half an hour and attacked participants.
— Aoude (@AoudeA) June 8, 2018
Despite the fact that the shooting was contrary even to the military’s open-fire regulations, B’Tselem said it does not expect any accountability for the killing.
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