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B’Tselem: Qasrawi was also executed in al-Khalil last March

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Human rights group, B’Tselem, has said that the second Palestinian young man who attacked soldiers in al-Khalil city on March 24 was also executed on site by an Israeli soldier. On that day, Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif and Ramzi al-Qasrawi allegedly attacked two Israeli soldiers with knives in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of al-Khalil city, lightly wounding one of them. At the time of the incident, the Israeli army claimed al-Qasrawi died immediately as a result of gunshots fired by a soldier during the attack, while al-Sharif was seriously injured and later succumbed to his wounds. A short while later, an Israeli officer called Elor Azaria arrived on the scene about 15 minutes after the incident, and was filmed shooting al-Sharif in the head, killing him. Azaria, is currently on trial for manslaughter. Local residents, however, now claim that al-Qasrawi was only wounded in the attack and that after his suffering from an incapacitating injury, a soldier shot him in the head or neck twice from point-blank range. According to B’Tselem, the delay in releasing this information was the result of the eight-month military closure that had been imposed on the Tel Rumeida neighborhood, which prevented the group’s investigators from interviewing local eyewitnesses. As the army removed the closure, a B’Tselem employee was able to interview the two eyewitnesses who are claiming al-Qasrawi was executed. The Tel Rumeida neighborhood is under surveillance by security cameras, meaning this accusation could be easy to prove or disprove. B’Tselem made clear to the witnesses that the Israeli army probably had footage of the entire incident on its security cameras located in the area, and that this footage could corroborate or disprove their accounts. Both witnesses repeated their testimony and said they were ready to testify before any official body if summoned.

(Source / 07.06.2016)

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