Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the
“cold-blooded killing by the killer gangs of the occupation army” as he spoke
Sunday against the IDF killing of Wajih al-Ramahi, 15, the day
The PA conducted an autopsy on Ramahi on Sunday, in light of
initial reports that he had been shot in the back.
An Israeli military
spokeswoman said a military police investigation had been opened but she did not
have more details about the circumstances of Ramahi’s death.
mourners attended his funeral Sunday in the Jalazon refugee camp.
body was held aloft on a gurney, atop which a wreath was placed. Abbas offered
his condolences to the family.
Palestinians say the boy was killed on
Saturday by an IDF sniper sitting in a watchtower near the Bet El
The boy’s father, Wajdi, said that the autopsy preformed by
Palestinian forensics showed that his son had been hit with an M-16
The father denied reports his son was involved in a
stone-throwing incident near the Beit El settlement that preceded his death. He
said Wajih was shot while standing outside the local school.
him as if he were a bird,” the father said.
Sarit Michaeli of B’Tselem
said her organization’s initial investigation into the incident showed Ramahi
was part of a group of boys throwing stones in that area.
came to the area of the olive grove and instead of using riot dispersal means,
the soldiers shot live ammunition, Michaeli alleged. “I do not know if they shot
in the air or at the children,” Michaeli said.
Her organization plans to
raise the issue of live fire with the military police. She said that it will
also ask the Military Attorney General’s office to grant the boys involved in
the incident immunity so they can testify.
Two boys who said they were
friends of Ramahi and that they were with him when he was shot also blamed
“Soldiers who appeared from an area at the fence fired
at Wajih and killed him,” one said. The two boys refused to give their
Reuters contributed to this report.