HEBRON, October 17, 2015 (WAFA) – An 18-year-old Palestinian Saturday was shot by an Israeli setter in central Hebron, in the southern Western Bank, where he was left to die by Israeli soldiers who prevented paramedics from administering medical assistance to him.
Israeli media outlets claimed al-Qawasmi allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli settler in the area before he was shot.
However, witnesses and security sources informed WAFA that a settler intercepted Fadel al-Qawasmi’s way and began cursing him; using extreme foul language against him, as he was walking along al-Shuhada Street in central Hebron, passing near the Israeli settlement of Beit Hadassah, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land in central Hebron. When al-Qawasmeh attempted to leave the area, the settler opened gunfire at him from a short distance.
Al-Qawasmi, who was shot four times, was left to bleed to death as Israeli army soldiers who were present at the scene prevented the red crescent ambulance from providing al-Qawasmi with first-aid.
Palestinian locals reported that following the fatal shooting of al-Qwasmi, a group of extremist settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Anat Cohen distributed candy to celebrate his murder.
Settlers have stepped up their violent attacks against Palestinians and their properties, following the killing of four Israelis at the hands of alleged Palestinian suspects.
Clashes have been witnessed across the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza, as well as in Arab communities inside the occupied 1948 land, against the backdrop of Israel’s repeated assaults against al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Israel has been enforcing a temporal division on the compound, the third holiest place in Islam, which ignited strong feelings of anger among Palestinians.
Settlements are illegal under international law as they violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of the occupying power’s civilian population into occupied territory.