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Autopsy proves slain Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in Ramallah
Published Sunday 22/06/2014 (updated) 23/06/2014 14:15
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- An autopsy conducted on Sunday morning has shown that 30-year-old Muhammad Ismail Atallah Tarifi, who was found dead on the roof of a commercial building in Ramallah earlier in the morning, was shot dead by Israeli troops.

According to the autopsy, the victim died of a bullet fired from an M16 assault rifle, which is used by Israeli forces.

The autopsy came after a controversy erupted regarding the circumstances of his death, which occurred amid an Israeli army raid in the heart of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Immediately after the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area following a number of home raids and detentions, locals began throwing stones at the Palestinian police headquarters in anger for the police's withdrawal from the streets in order to allow Israeli forces to raid at will.

Some media outlets and social media activists claimed earlier on Sunday that Tarifi was shot dead by Palestinian security officers in the ensuing clashes, and his family and the Islamic Jihad movement with whom he was affiliated demanded an autopsy to determine who was responsible.

These rumors gained credence after a widely-circulated video appeared to show Palestinian security forces using live fire against demonstrators.



A Ma'an reporter on the scene in Ramallah found seven empty casings of M16 bullets on the roof of a building 40-50 meters away from the roof where Tarifi was found. Furthermore, Muna al-Dalou, a woman who lives in an apartment in the building, told Ma'an that about 20 Israeli soldiers had stormed the building and fired gunshots from the roof at Palestinian protestors during the raid.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that the military was still reviewing the incident.

Undersecretary of the Palestinian ministry of prisoner affairs Ziad Abu Ein said he was following up closely with the autopsy. The tests, he affirmed, proved without a doubt that Tarifi was shot by Israeli snipers.

Abu Ein added that Tarif's body would be delivered to his family at the Ramallah Medical Complex.

The body will be taken to Jamal Abdul-Nasser mosque in Ramallah for a funeral prayer in the afternoon, and then a funeral procession will march to a cemetery in neighboring al-Bireh.

Tarif is the fifth Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in the last week, as they mount the largest military deployment in the West Bank since the end of the Second Intifada in search of three missing Israeli teenagers.

Although Israeli authorities have claimed the group were kidnapped by Hamas from the Jewish-only settlement of Gush Etzion near Bethlehem, Hamas has denied the charges.

In the 10 days since, Israeli forces have arrested nearly 400 Palestinians, the majority associated with Hamas, and raided more than 1,000 locations across the West Bank, vowing to "crush" Hamas.
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1 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
22/06/2014 16:41
What the story fails to explain or attempt to explain how the hastily done autopsy could determine that the Islamic Jihad fellow was shot by Israeli troops and not by the Palestinian security forces. The fact that a Maan reporter found empty M16 casings means nothing. Israel in the past has provided PA security forces with M16 rifles.

2 ) shmuel / mine
22/06/2014 18:28
True, and also the fact that about 20 Israeli soldiers had stormed the building and fired gunshots from the roof at Palestinian protestors during the raid means nothing. To me this guy was depressed and committed suicide. The 1st rule is to deny everything: steal and deny. And build, build, build.

3 ) Saranyma / Norway
22/06/2014 18:31
What you fail to see, Rondo Mondo, is that in the second paragraph they explain that the autopsy found out that he was killed by a bullet from a M-16. That is proof from the autopsy and not from the casings. All together I think it makes a convincing case. And has Israel even denounced it?

4 ) Golden Dome / USA
22/06/2014 18:43
IDF is turning the West Bank into a live firing zone and happily firing on any person they can cast as suspicious. Just like in Gaza.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
22/06/2014 19:01
Dead is dead, & it does not matters whose side fired the bullet, which can not be proved without having all the rifles to compare, & besides, the cause of death is more related to the 30-year-old's actions, where * IF PALESTINIANS WOULD JUST STOP INTERFERING, with Israeli forces as they search for their 3 kidnapped teenagers, * THERE WOULD BE NO SHOOTINGS AT ALL (live, or rubber-coated), & * NO ONE SHOULD FORGET HAMAS' RESPONSIBILITY either, for there would search, if not for kidnapping !!

6 ) Terry / Sweden
22/06/2014 22:24
Rondo Mondo/Canada: what is the objective of your statement? Are you trying to convince somebody that the Israeli military doesn't shoot Palestinians? Is that what you want to say?

7 ) Tom / USA
23/06/2014 02:57
Since Israel's army is "the most moral on earth" then Palestinians must be hammering bullets into themselves. How else would the bullets get there?Isn't bad PR for Israel worth more than life itself?

8 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
23/06/2014 14:17
So what? Every autopsy done on the Israeli civilians murdered by Palestinians showed that they were murdered by Palestinians. None of the commenters on Maan had anything to say about the Palestinian war crimes that were the cause of the deaths. In fact, far too many commenters have justified Palestinian war crimes and crimes against humanity, claiming the Palestinians are not subject to international laws when it comes to attacking Israeli civilians. Shame on you all.

9 ) Robert / US
28/06/2014 10:46
#8 Brian , because it hardly happens !! Jews kill every single day so like always im going to say , your stupidy and ignorance prevail..stop playing the victim and do something good with your life.
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