Israeli army backtracks on initial version of deadly Halamish shooting

Mohamed Mousa dead

The Israeli army on Tuesday evening backtracked on a news story attributing a shooting attack on a Palestinian and his sister near Halamish settlement to a preplanned car-ramming attempt.

The fact that the occupation army has changed its version regarding the shooting attack, which left 26-year-old Mohamed Mousa dead and his sister severely injured, corroborates the version released by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and eyewitnesses, at approximately 09:30 on Tuesday, 31 October 2017, Mohamed Abdullah Ali Mousa (26), from Deir Balout village, west of Salfit, was driving his car with an Israeli registration plate. Mohamed was along with his sister Latifa (33), heading to Ramallah. The car arrived at the iron gate established at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village. The Israeli forces stationed there ordered Mohamed to stop as it seems they suspected the car. Mohamed sped up towards the intersection of “Halamish” settlement entrance, which is 200 meters away from the entrance.

PCHR added that when Mohamed drove the car away from the intersection, an Israeli settler fired live bullets, which penetrated the car’s windshield. As a result, Mohamed was hit with a live bullet which entered his chest from the right side and exited the waist. Mohamed was then taken by an Israeli ambulance to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva City in Israel. Few Minutes later, Israeli doctors at the hospital declared his death.

Moreover, Mohamed’s sister, Latifa, was hit with a live bullet to the left shoulder and then taken to Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Rihan suburb, north of Ramallah, to receive medical treatment.

Israeli forces claimed that the car driven by Mousa was speeding up towards the soldiers stationed at the entrance to the abovementioned settlement, so they thought that Mousa was attempting to carry out a run-over attack. Hours later, the occupation army rescinded the latter version.

(Source / 01.11.2017)

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