(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday extended the arrest of four men
suspected of involvement in last Friday’s shooting death of a Palestinian teen
from the West Bank village of Beit Omar, near Hebron.
The court extended
until Tuesday and Wednesday the remands of two men police believe were involved
in the incident. On Saturday night, the court extended by four days the remands
of two other men.
‘Palestinian teen was shot dead after throwing rocks’
Two of the men are from Otniel, one is from Alon Shvut
and the fourth is from Ashkelon. None of the men have a criminal background,
according to police.
The police have confiscated three guns that were in
the men’s possession. A police forensics unit plans to go to the scene of the
shooting Monday to search for more evidence.
According to police the men
explained that they were part of an organized hike that passed by the village of
Beit Omar early Friday morning.
Palestinians with rocks attacked the
group of hikers as they walked in the valley below the village, the men told
police, and they shot in selfdefense.
Police are investigating the
Palestinian claim that these shots killed Yousef Ikhlay, 17, and wounded Bila
Mohammad Abed Al-Qador.
Separately, police have continued to investigate
Thursday’s shooting death of Oday Maher Hamza Kadous, 19, from the village of
In the hours after his death, Palestinians had claimed that
settlers killed him as he farmed his village’s land.
An IDF security
video, relayed late Saturday night, however, showed that no one was farming at
the time of the death.
Police are studying the video to try and identify
When viewed on a regular computer screen it is hard to
identify any of the people in the video, or to see any fine details that would
indicate if they were holding a rock or a gun.
The video shows a figure
dressed in dark clothing that looks like a man, standing by the side of a dirt
road in the West Bank.
A young man wearing a white shirt and who appears
to hold a rock in his hand is seen approaching the figure. A second young man
approaches the road, as the two of them stand there. The young man with the
white shirt then chases the man in the dark clothing for a few seconds, and then
appears to fall down.
It is assumed that he was shot by the man in the
dark clothing, who then runs off.