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Thursday, June 09, 2005


How Muraweh Khaled Ekkmayel Lost His Life

The following information is taken from Palestine Center for Human Rights Report for June 7.

Muraweh was from Qabatya village. Several live bullets hit him. He was hiding in a house. The Israeli Occupation Forces bulldozed the house over him. A bystander was killed while the IOF was shelling the house.

PCHR investigations show that the occupation forces moved into the village accompanied by two bulldozers and two military heliocopters at 3:00 A.M. "They surrounded a 140-square-metre, two-storey house belonging to Fawzi Abu al-Rub in
the east of the village. They ordered the eight residents of the
house through megaphones to leave. After the residents of the house
left, IOF opened fire at the house. The IOF gunfire continued until
08:00 when the two Israeli military bulldozers took over and began
to demolish the house.

"At approximately 08:30, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered and
threw stones at IOF vehicles. Immediately, the IOF opened fire at
these civilians and at neighboring houses. A Palestinian civilian,
27-year-old Nasser Sa'id 'Abdul Rahim Zakarna, was killed by several
live bullets to the chest, the back and the abdomen. According to
eyewitnesses, he was killed while he was painting walls of a house
near the Abu al-Rub's house that had been surrounded by IOF.

"Additionally, three other civilians, including a child, were wounded
by the IOF gunfire: Mahmoud Khaled Saba'na, 19, seriously wounded by
a live bullet in the abdomen; 'Aadel Saba'na, 16, wounded by a live
bullet in the left leg; and Tamer Saba'na, 29, wounded by a live
bullet in the shoulder.

"The demolition of Abu al-Rub's house was completed by 10:30. At
approximately 11:00, IOF withdrew from the village after having
completely destroyed the house. Immediately, Palestinian civil
defense crews arrived at the area and searched the debris where they
found the body of Muraweh Khalend Ekmayel. The body was evacuated
to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin. According to medical
sources, Ekmayel was hit by several live bullets throughout the
body. He had been allegedly wanted by IOF since the beginning of
the current Intifada for being a member of the al-Quds Brigades, the
military wing of the Islamic Jihad.

"Extra-judicial and indiscriminate killings
and wanton property destruction as well as other Israeli human
rights violations indicate Israel's disregard for international law
and humanitarian law and constitute breaches and grave breaches of
the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949)."

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