The US said it is “alarmed” after a video appeared to show Israeli forces shooting a Palestinian in the back of his head during a raid in the Occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.
“We are alarmed by reports of an Israeli shooting an unarmed Palestinian civilian from behind as the latter was walking away from an Israeli position,” a State Department spokesperson told Anadolu on condition of anonymity.
“The United States urges a rapid completion of an objective, thorough investigation into the incident, which we understand is ongoing, and calls for full accountability in this case,” the spokesperson added.
The shooting occurred Monday during an Israeli military raid in the town of Beita, south of the city of Nablus, as Israel sought to apprehend an alleged suspect who shot and killed two settlers Saturday in near Huwwara.
The #US said it is “alarmed” after a video appeared to show #Israeli forces shooting 34-year-old Amid al-Jaghoun in the back of his head during a raid in the #Beita village, north of the occupied #WestBank. pic.twitter.com/FR9FHLhcVS
— The Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) August 24, 2023
Huwwara is the site of the February 26 pogrom by hundreds of illegal Israeli Jewish settlers.
Scores were wounded, and a Palestinian humanitarian worker was killed when mobs of settlers attacked the small town.
The settlers burned hundreds of homes, cars, and other Palestinian properties while protected by the Israeli military.
The 34-year-old Palestinian victim, identified by Anadolu as Amid al-Jaghoun, appears to have been shot in the back of his head as he was rushing to assist another Palestinian who was injured by Israeli fire, according to video footage of the incident that circulated on social media.
The victim does not appear to be armed and is seen running in the opposite direction of Israeli forces when he is shot.
Al-Jaghoon was transported to a local hospital where he underwent treatment for his wounds and was transferred to an intensive care unit.
The Israeli military claimed that it is investigating.
(MEMO, PC, AA)