Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces because ‘he looks nice’

Published October 29th, 2015 - 07:52 GMT

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Wednesday after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.

The man has been identified as 23-year-old Islam Rafiq Hammad Ibeido.

Witnesses told Ma'an that “Israeli soldiers shot 11 live bullets at the youth, let him bleed there, and put a knife in his hand."

The Israeli army said that "a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier at a military position in Hebron" and that the "attacker was shot on site."

Local witnesses, however, reported hearing a female soldier say, "he looks nice, shoot him," and insisted the man was unarmed.

According to the International Solidarity Movement team in Hebron, a bystander said: "I saw everything. I saw soldiers loading the guns. He had his arms up and was shaking, he was unarmed and they just shot him."

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld also said that a "Palestinian terrorist" was shot and killed, adding that "security measures" were continuing in the area.

A local activist, Imad Abu Shamsieh, told Ma'an that “Israeli soldiers opened fire at a youth in the Tel Rumeida area where Hammam Said was killed on Tuesday.”

Abu Shamsieh added that the youth was left on the ground while Israeli forces prevented bystanders from accessing him.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in the West Bank said in a statement that Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching Ibeido.

Since the beginning of October, nearly 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces across Hebron district -- including five children. The majority were shot dead in Hebron city, in most cases after Israel alleged they attempted to carry out stabbing attacks on Israelis. 

Late Tuesday evening, Hammam Said, 23, reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in Tel Rumeida and was shot dead by Israeli forces.

Activists in the area said they heard six gunshots before seeing Israeli soldiers placing a knife near Said's body. 

Wednesday's incident marks the 62nd Palestinian to be killed since the beginning of the month, many of whom have been killed during attacks on Israeli military personnel and civilians.

In other cases, Palestinians were shot and left to bleed without medical attention, in violation of the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment under international law, according to Amnesty International.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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