Special Israeli Force Kills Palestinian in Ramallah
Date: 26 May 2021
Time: 11:00 GMT
In a new crime of extra-judicial execution committed by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF), a special Israeli force directly opened fire directly at a Palestinian male while he was in his car in Um al-Sharayet neighborhood in Ramallah, killing him immediately. The Israeli force looked at his face after killing him and withdrew later. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 25 May 2021, a special Israeli force sneaked into Um al-Sharayet neighborhood from the southern side of al-Bireh city, north of Ramallah, via a Caddy civilian car and parked on a street in the neighborhood. At approximately 04:38, the special Israeli force approached a MG car with a yellow registration plate that was parked on the street, a Palestinian man was inside. Afterwards, three unmasked members of the special force in black clothing stepped out of their vehicle and fired several live bullets at the car, which was parked in the area; the bullets smashed its rear window and damaged its front door. The Palestinian man attempted to open the car door to step out, but he fell on the ground. The members of the special force surrounded him, looked at his face and then fled. Afterwards, a number of Palestinians gathered and took the wounded man to the Palestine Medical Complex, where medicall sources announced his death. The victim was Ahmed Jamil al-Fahd (26), from Am’ari camp near Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, who was shot with 4 live bullets in his left shoulder, chest and lower limbs, which killed him immediately.
Later that day, Monte Carlo citied an Israeli source saying, “during an arrest campaign against activists in Ramallah, a Palestinian was killed by a special force of the Israeli border guards.”
PCHR condemns in the strongest terms the murder of Fahd, which is part of extra-judicial killing crimes committed by IOF in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), in grave violation of the principles of the intentional humanitarian law (IHL) that prohibit this kind of murder crime.
PCHR calls on the international community to intervene immediately to end Israeli extra-judicial executions that are considered a form of summary execution without trial.
PCHR calls for the provision of international protection for Palestinian civilians in the oPt as the only mean to prevent the recurrence of these crimes.
PCHR also calls on the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to urgently intervene to stop human rights violations committed by IOF with a formal political decision, and to pressure Israel to respect the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) relative to the protection of civilian persons.