A tense atmosphere prevailed Sunday in the West Bank town of Ramallah following a murder of a young woman in the old part of the town late Saturday.
According to sources, two armed brothers stormed a butchery owned by a young man with an apparent intent to kill him over a car theft dispute. However, their target was not in the shop, but they found his sister and fired at her. She died instantly.
In a wave of rage on the part of the victim’s family, they ordered shop owners in the town to close down. The furious relatives set fire to three shops that did not respond to them.
Palestinian security forces intervened and were able to put the explosive situation under control after the arrest of two suspects and a limited confrontation with the victim’s relatives, who were roaming the streets with their firearms.
No casualties were reported.
Ramallah’s shops remained closed Sunday pending the trial of the suspects, to take place later in the day, according to the sources. The victim’s family refused to bury her, also waiting for the verdict.
The sources told Albawaba.com that one of the suspects confessed before interrogators to committing the slaughter, whereas his brother denied it saying he only fired in the air.
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