Thursday, 27 February 2014

Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during Birzeit arrest raid


RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man on Thursday after opening fire on a property in Birzeit, locals said.

Muatazz Washaha, 24, was found dead inside the house following a stand-off between Israeli military forces which lasted several hours.

Witnesses said that the victim was hit in the head by an artillery shell.

Israeli forces were reportedly trying to arrest Muatazz' brother, Thaer, who was wanted for being an activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

During the dawn raid, Israeli forces stormed the house and detained Thaer's brother, Ramiz, and two other men. It is unclear whether Thaer was in the property at the time of the raid or if he managed to escape.

Palestinian firefighters rushed to the scene after the house caught fire as a result of Israeli artillery shelling.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe, said Israeli troops raided Birzeit at around 3 a.m. more

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