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Witness: Allenby victim shot 3 times in chest
Published Tuesday 11/03/2014 (updated) 12/03/2014 10:39
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JERICHO (Ma'an) -- A man who was with Raed Zeiter, who was shot dead Monday by Israeli troops at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan, says he suffered three gunshot wounds to the chest.

Mohammad Zayd told Ma'an that about 8 a.m. he, Zeiter and another woman were late to return to the bus after the first Israeli inspection point.

When they were returning, an Israeli soldier pushed Zeiter, they started scuffling and Zeiter was brought to the floor. Zeiter then stood up and shoved the soldier, who in turn fired a shot that barely missed Zeiter, Zayd said.

The soldier then proceeded to fire three shots that hit Zeiter in the chest, leaving him dead on the floor, Zayd added, explaining that he tried to resuscitate Zeiter to no avail.

Zayd added that medics arrived almost an hour later, and covered Zeiter's body, while Israeli police closed the scene and unloaded passengers off the bus and ordered them to the ground in order to search them.

Israeli soldiers then recorded accounts from people on the bus, and asked them about Zeiter, he added.

Earlier, an Israeli army spokeswoman said "a Palestinian attempted to the seize the weapon of an Israeli soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan. Israeli soldiers opened fire and a hit was identified."

Army commander Yaron Beit On, speaking in a conference call with reporters later in the day, said that as the man attempted to snatch an Israeli soldier's gun, another soldier shot him in the leg.

The man then managed to grab a metal bar from one of the Israeli troops, Beit On said. When he tried to use it as a weapon, a soldier shot and killed him.

He said that the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m., and that the man was carrying two suitcases with him.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
11/03/2014 04:30
'When they were returning, an Israeli soldier pushed Zeiter, they started scuffling and Zeiter was brought to the floor. Zeiter then stood up and shoved the soldier...' Ah. That explains it. He didn't know his place.

2 ) Observer / Palestine
11/03/2014 07:54
Too many unanswered questions. The main one is why is there an Israeli checkpoint between Palestine and Jordan anyhow? Why are there any Israeli's in the Jordan valley?

3 ) Thousands of people cross / between Jordan and ISRAEL
11/03/2014 08:17
every day Why would an IDF soldier shoot this one? Could it be that he acted DIFFERENTLY than all the OTHER THOUSANDS????

4 ) 2) JohnWV / USA
11/03/2014 13:13
Israel defines itself as a Jewish state, a racist state. Israel's behavior cruelly and consistently validates that definition. We Americans somehow fail to realize that, like the murdered Mohammad Zayd, we too are goya, not Jews, not quite human and therefor expendable.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
11/03/2014 14:43
Elitist punk in a uniform with a gun didn't like being pushed back!

6 ) JoeUSA / USA
11/03/2014 15:27
Israel is quick to release video of incidents. Why no release of video in this case? Sounds like a cover up to me......

7 ) Julie / USA
11/03/2014 15:50
like i said in earlier article on this 'incident'...IDF MURDERED an innocent man, a Jordanian Judge. according to Palestinian witnesses "was shot following an argument over a cigarette in an incident that prompted a furious response from the Palestinian Authority and Amman.": http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/11/judge-shot-dead-strangle-soldier-israeli-army . Jordanians are OUTRAGED! MANY more details in other news: J. Post, guardian, etc. @Maan why nothing on PA & Jordanian response??

8 ) Maisie / UK
11/03/2014 21:59
How many Israeli transgressions does it take for Jordan to consider following its declaration to "break the treaty with Israel." The answer: -0- If the invasion of Al Aqsa by countless settlers and politicians doesn't do it and this episode isn't sufficient, it would be good to know what it would take for Jordan to reconsider relations with Israel. Something must be up. It is difficult to imagine Israel in the same position as Jordan now finds itself. Why the silence?

9 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
12/03/2014 02:14
Note to self: Never try and be a tough guy when the other man is holding an assault rifle. Seems the "judge" (actually a Qadi so just a tiny bit difference cough) needed to cut out the caffeine and attend a few anger management classees but then again he was Palestinian so now he will be lauded as a "hero" and become the next "Martyrs Porno" star. Palestinians should start acting as if they are ready for statehood before beating their chests at the UN. The whole "Martyr" shtick is a bit passe.

10 ) Maureen / Australia
12/03/2014 17:50
#9 Dwek Right, so Palestinians"should start getting ready for statehood," eh? When will so called Israel become a "state" instead of being a double standard, oppressive, racist, warmongering, apartheid loving spoiled brat?

11 ) Fifi / Luxembourg
12/03/2014 19:46
Love your speech Maureen, well done.
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