HAWARA, West Bank ( Associated Press) — Carrying a Palestinian flag and a condolence notice, residents set up a makeshift memorial site on the sidewalk Saturday for a 22-year-old Palestinian who died at the hands of an Israeli border agent — four shots were fired point-blank range—was recorded in a video that was widely shared on social media.
A day after the shooting in Hawara city in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians have rejected claims by Israeli police that they shot Ammar Adili in self-defense after he attacked several Israelis, including a border policeman, and resisting arrest. did.
He said the policeman shot Adili without justification and that Israeli security forces prevented Palestinian medics from trying to rescue the seriously wounded man as he lay on the sidewalk of a busy street.
The 38-second video begins with a struggle between a border agent and three Palestinians, including Adili, on a sidewalk with vehicular traffic on one side.
The agent pulls Adili by the neck and they exchange punches after Adili manages to escape. Tries to take the Palestinian agent’s assault rifle, which falls to the ground and out of Adili’s reach. The agent then pulls out his pistol and fires four shots, while Adili, unarmed, falls to the ground.
Just after Friday’s fatal shootout, police said Adili was carrying a knife and tried to attack two Israelis in a car, then tried to enter a stone-blocked vehicle. Police said the driver shot and wounded Adili, who then charged at a group of border agents, stabbing her in the face. Police said the border agent tried to arrest Adili, who resisted and tried to take the agent’s gun. The officer who shot him was not injured.
Hawara Mayor Moeen Dmidi and others cited earlier accounts on Saturday that Adili and an Israeli driver had an altercation after a road accident, but Associated Press reporters found no witnesses to the events that led to the shooting .
Dummy states that the agent had no justification to kill Adili as he had already been subdued. Adili was “killed in cold blood”, declared the mayor, who arrived at the scene after the shooting. In another video, Adili is seen wriggling and rolling on the ground after being shot, and it is unclear when he died.
Demedi said that a Palestinian ambulance arrived minutes after the incident, but security forces prevented doctors from coming to their rescue. He said that Israel has not released Adili’s body for burial.
Tor Vansland, the UN special envoy for the Middle East peace process, tweeted that he was “shocked” by the shooting and sent his “heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family”.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon accused the envoy of distorting reality.
Nahshon tweeted, “The incident is a terrorist attack, in which an Israeli police officer was stabbed in the face and another police officer was threatened with death and his assailant was shot.”
Shops on Hawara’s Main Avenue remained closed on Saturday in protest against the firing.
A makeshift memorial site marked the spot where Adili died and bears a Palestinian flag and banner. A banner with Adili’s photo said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party mourned for his son “who was killed at the hands of the Zionist occupation.”
Akram reported from Hamilton, Ontario.