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Israeli shooting dangerous escalation, says PA
Published today (updated) 02/01/2011 14:36
RAMALLAH (AFP) --
A senior Palestinian official on Sunday condemned the death of a man
shot dead by Israeli troops at a West Bank checkpoint, calling it a
Nabil Abu Rudaina, spokesman for
President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the death of Mohammed Daraghme, which
came less than 48 hours after the death of a Palestinian protester who
inhaled massive amounts of tear gas at a demonstration.
Israeli escalation in the last two days is aimed at demolishing any hope
of a peace process, and we ask the US administration and the
international community to take necessary steps to stop the dangerous
escalation against the area," he told AFP.
An Israeli military
spokeswoman said soldiers shot Daraghme because he approached the Nablus
checkpoint in an unauthorized lane, carrying a glass bottle, and did not
heed orders to stop. Soldiers acted according to operational procedure,
Palestinian Red Crescent medics said the 21-year-old's
body was riddled with bullets.
Eyewitnesses said they saw
Dharaghme approach the checkpoint holding a can of Coca-Cola. As he came
close to a female soldier, witnesses said, she started shouting at him,
and immediately two other soldiers showered him with gunshots.
Another witness, Dr Hatim Farroukh, said Dharaghme's hands were raised
when soldiers opened fire.
"I was standing at the eastern side of
the checkpoint waiting for the bus when I heard screaming. As I turned,
I saw a young man wearing jeans and a brown jacket and raising his
hands. Two male soldiers and a female soldier were three meters away
from the young man and started shooting at him," Farroukh said.
Ma'an staff writers contributed to this report
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