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Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during Birzeit arrest raid
Published Thursday 27/02/2014 (updated) 28/02/2014 18:23
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man on Thursday after opening fire on a property in Birzeit, locals said.

Muatazz Washaha, 24, was found dead inside the house following a stand-off between Israeli military forces which lasted several hours.

Witnesses said that the victim was hit in the head by a rifle-fired Energa shell.

Israeli forces were reportedly trying to arrest Muatazz for being an activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

During the dawn raid, Israeli forces stormed the house and detained his brother, Ramiz Washaha, as well as Fadi Sedqi and Samir al-Qaisi. Earlier reports suggested Israeli forces were targeting another brother, Thaer.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe, said Israeli troops raided Birzeit at around 3 a.m.

Qaraqe said that Fadi Washaha, his cousin, was also arrested and his family was assaulted.

Palestinian firefighters rushed to the scene after the house caught on fire as a result of Israeli artillery shelling. A large part of the house was destroyed after it was shelled by Israeli forces.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that Israeli forces raided Birzeit to arrest a man suspected of "terror activity."

"After the suspect was called to turn himself in, he barricaded himself inside his house, effectively resisting arrest. Under the premise that he had weapons in his possession, the forces used different means to complete the arrest, including live fire."

An AK47 assault rifle was found in the house, but no shots were fired at any point towards Israeli forces.

The suspect was found dead in the property, the army spokeswoman added.

Muatazz Washaha, 24.
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1 ) according to Israeli sources / there is now ZERO
27/02/2014 13:30
cooperation from PLO law enforcement authorities So IDF has to do all the POLICING IITSELF! No wonder you hear more and more altercations between Israeli forces and terrorists. Blame ABU MAZEN For this death

2 ) Yishai Kohen / Israel
27/02/2014 13:31
Witnesses said that the victim was hit in the head by an artillery shell? Seriously. When you lie, at least make it credible.

3 ) ses / sweden
27/02/2014 15:52
Very shortly the indictions will be handled to the ICC, I kind of feel a litle bit sorry for the decent israelis(there must be some of them) now that the BDS, Lawfare and other anti-apartheid actions really are speeding up, their lives will become miserably too.

4 ) Proud Palestinian / palestine
27/02/2014 16:30
"Witnesses said that the victim was hit in the head by a rifle-fired Energa shell." then the house was shelled by artillery. if you cant read then dont come up with your own lie to make up for it!

5 ) Ruben / France
27/02/2014 17:20
Yishai Cohen, maybe this video will make the claim more credible to you? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=714201411935436

6 ) David Katz / Jerusalem
27/02/2014 18:20
The Israeli media are fabricating a story. When in fact the soldiers murdered an unarmed man, arrested members of his family and destroyed the building in the process. And why? Because he was an activist? This young man was targeted on many occasions. I feel ashamed of Israel.

7 ) Palestinian / occupied Palestine
27/02/2014 19:55
# 2 Yishai Kohen, did you see pictures of the martyr? his head is an unrecognizable mass of mixed flesh and blood and he was practically beheaded by the shell!!!!!!!!! you zionists are monsters, you are not humans!!!!!! dozens of occupation soldiers, fully armed and with artillery and modern weaponry against one young Palestinian besieged in a house, how "heroic" of you, you cowards!!!! and your lies dont hide the truth any more!!!

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/02/2014 20:05
To 'accorfding #1: ' according to Israeli sources / there is now ZERO 27/02/2014 13:30 cooperation from PLO law enforcement authorities So IDF has to do all the POLICING IITSELF!' According to its own records, the IDF has a policy of deliberately murdering those whom it doesn't wish to put on trial.

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/02/2014 20:07
To Yishai Kohen #2: 'Witnesses said that the victim was hit in the head by an artillery shell? Seriously. When you lie, at least make it credible.' You need to start hanging out with our other Cohen. It'll be a real brain trust.

10 ) Law / Order
27/02/2014 20:27
David - you can be ashamed until palestinian terrorist blow up your bus or launch anti-tank missile into school buss carrying your children.

11 ) JoeUSA / USA
27/02/2014 20:40
#2 Kohen .... A Law missile was used . This is according to IDF spokesperson as reported by Israeli media like Jerusalem Post and Haaretz. No lies here. You are trying to deny the fact that this was an extrajudicial execution rather than an arrest of a SUSPECT.

12 ) George / UK
28/02/2014 21:09
to #10, 'David - you can be ashamed until palestinian terrorist blow up your bus or launch anti-tank missile into school buss carrying your children': Which doesn't happen so often as Palestinians are killed, right? Also, several dozens of soldiers blowing a house to arrest a single man doesn't seem a very accurate work; I mean, for the technology and skill Israel has in arms... It feels like this operation is no less terrorist attack than blowing a bus. Israel doesn't seek peace; let's face it.
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