Israeli soldier in West Bank town of Dura 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Military Police and the Palestinian Authority are investigating the death of
Palestinian Moataz Sharawneh, 19, shot in pre-dawn clashes with the IDF that
broke out in the Palestinian village of Dura, near the West Bank city of Hebron
He was buried in his home village of Dura late in the
afternoon. His white-shroudwrapped body, open around his face, was carried
through the streets on a gurney, surrounded by waving Palestinian
Before his burial, a Palestinian pathological center in Abu Dis
outside of Jerusalem conducted an autopsy. It’s expected the report will be
released in the coming days.
Sharawneh’s death occurred during an
incident that began when the IDF entered Dura for a routine
Palestinians threw stones at the patrol, whose soldiers responded
with riot dispersal means, an IDF spokesman said. Sharawneh was shot during the
incident, the IDF added.
Full details of the incident were still under
investigation, the IDF said. It added that it had not yet even determined what
type of bullet wounded Sharawneh or if that was the cause of death.
IDF had initially reported that Sharawneh and a few other Palestinians had
climbed on top of an IDF jeep, right before the shooting.
gave conflicting testimonies about the circumstances surrounding Sharawneh’s
death. The young man was a cadet at a security academy in
Sharawneh was on his way home from a wedding around 1 a.m. when
he saw clashes between IDF soldiers and young men in the center of the town,
according to Dura residents.
Kamel Hmeid, Palestinian Authority governor
of Hebron, said that Sharawneh had only tried to hoist a Palestinian flag when
he was run over by an IDF vehicle.
Other Dura residents claimed he had
been shot to death.
One eyewitness, Basel Nasser, claimed that IDF
soldiers kicked and beat Sharawneh with the butt of their rifles after he fell
to the ground.
Nasser claimed that the soldiers kept Sharawneh lying on
the ground for almost 30 minutes before a local ambulance rushed him to
Dr. Walid Zaloum, director of the Hebron Government Hospital,
said that Sharawneh was hit with a single bullet, which penetrated his back and
stayed in his chest.
According to Zaloum, the body also had signs of
tires, indicating that Sharawneh had also been run over by a
Sharawneh was still alive when the Red Crescent evacuated him
from the scene to the hospital, according to the IDF.
The IDF said its
investigation was still ongoing and that, depending on the results, the matter
could be turned over to the military prosecutor’s office.
“We hold the
Israeli authorities fully responsible for this crime,” Hmeid said. “This crime
Violence in the West Bank has risen since the beginning
of 2013. Israeli forces have killed 10 Palestinians there this year, most of
them in clashes, compared with three killed in the same period in 2012,
according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs.Reuters contributed to this report.