A young palestinian man has died in mysterious circumstances, and the palestinians have been quick to accuse Israeli troops of foul play.
The Times of Israel reports:
According to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry, he was shot by Israeli troops while driving his car near Turmus Aya, and then beaten by troops with the butts of their rifles.
He was taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where doctors declared him dead, the Health Ministry said.
“Snobar arrived at the Palestine Medical Complex at 3 a.m., with clear signs of having been beaten and violence on the back of his neck,” hospital director Ahmad Bitawi said in a statement carried by the PA Health Ministry.
But the IDF has a different version of events:
The Israel Defense Forces denied opening fire at the man, and said in a statement that his death was the result of a self-sustained injury.
The military said a preliminary probe indicated that Snobar and another young man had been throwing rocks toward an Israeli vehicle on a nearby road, and IDF soldiers arrived and started searching for suspects.
After the forces entered Turmus Aya, two men began fleeing on foot. One of them apparently fell and sustained a head injury from which he subsequently died despite extensive efforts by the troops and IDF medics to save his life, the statement said.
“He was not beaten by IDF forces,” the military said.
So who’s telling the truth?
As usual, one clue is the fact the palestinians cannot stick to one story and even provide conflicting evidence.
Pictures published by Palestinian outlets showed a car next to what appeared to be drops of blood. No damage from gunfire could be clearly seen on the car.
استشهاد شاب من يتما بنابلس ١٨ عام تمت اصابته بترمسعيا بعد اطلاق دوريات اسرائيلية النار على مركبته خلال ملاحقته واعلن عن استشهاده بعد ان تم نقله الى مجمع فلسطين الطبي pic.twitter.com/bRZNaO2RnU
— حركة فتح (@fatehorg) October 25, 2020
Other palestinian sources make no mention of the car being shot
The local sources explained that Israeli forces chased and intercepted a car the young victim was driving at dawn on a road near Turmus Ayya town, hauled him out of the car and embarked on severely beating him with their gunstocks.
While the Times of Israel report and others like Al Jazeera quote palestinian sources stating there were signs of violence on his neck, the Palestinian Information Center adds he was struck also on ” the upper area of his chest.”
Or was it his head?
You get the idea. Only liars cannot get their story straight. Besides, we know IDF soldiers do not generally go around murdering palestinian Arabs in cold blood.
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