Soldier kills Hebron man near West Bank checkpoint

15 January 2009

From Ma’an News Agency on Tue 13.1.09:

Hebron – Ma’an – A young man was killed by Israeli bullets near the Tarqumiya checkpoint north west of Hebron Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitness said the man was killed while holding his child, working on a farm. Four Israeli soldiers allegedly arrived on foot soon after, speaking to the man before beginning to beat him, covered his eyes with a cloth and took him away in a military jeep.

Out of the view of the media, the man was then killed, according to witnesses.

Israeli police disputed that report, claiming the man was attempting to steal a soldier’s weapon. He was shot and wounded seriously, but died en route to Hebron Hospital.

He was identified as Yasser Saqer Tmeizy by Palestinian medical sources.