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PCHR condemns army killing of mentally disabled man
Published Sunday 22/06/2014 (updated) 24/06/2014 11:19
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Israeli forces raid Ramallah Sunday morning (MaanImages)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Sunday condemned the Israeli army's killing of a mentally disabled Palestinian man during a raid on al-Ain refugee camp the same day.

Israeli troops early Sunday raided the camp and killed Ahmad Said Suod Khalid, 27, as he was walking to a mosque for dawn prayers and refused orders to return home.

"The family of the victim said to a PCHR fieldworker that their son suffered mental problems and epilepsy," the rights group said in a statement.

"Around ten meters away from his house, a group of Israeli soldiers were raiding and searching houses when an Israeli soldier shouted at Ahmed to stop. However, he did not obey the orders, so the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him from a distance of around 30 meters. As a result, he was killed by 4 bullets to the abdomen, back, right thigh, and tight shoulder."

"PCHR strongly condemns this crime, which further proves the use of excessive force by Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians' lives," the statement said.

The report further stated that the ongoing Israeli military campaign in the West Bank was "collective punishment," constituting a war crime under international law.

Israeli forces have conducted nightly arrest and search raids throughout the West Bank following the disappearance of three teenagers from an area near the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion on June 12.

Six Palestinians have died, dozens have been injured, and over 400 have been arrested as a result of Israel's military campaign to find the youths.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/06/2014 19:45
I wonder if it somehow makes the Zionists feel prouder still to know that one of their victims was mentally handicapped. Could be: after all, they boast of shooting pregnant women. They seem to glory in their crimes, and the fouler the better. Witness the songs in praise of Baruch Goldstein.

2 ) Maureen / Australia
22/06/2014 20:49
Such criminal activities by the IOF are being reported in world media. Israel is in shambles!

3 ) @ Colin Wright / USA
24/06/2014 02:27
No, they are not proud. Palestinians are the ones who are proud when they kill or kidnap Israelis. They celebrate and hand out candies . Only savages do such a thing.

4 ) Not Murican / ZA
30/10/2014 20:03
You're an idiot, Colin. Get your head out of your ass for 2 minutes and look at the world around you. Two wrongs don't make a right and this guy gets shot to death simply because he doesn't understand exactly how psychotic his captors are.
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