HEBRON, July 23, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army and undercover forces Thursday raided a house in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, and shot dead an unarmed Palestinian elderly and injured his son with live bullets, according to local and medical sources.
Activists told WAFA that an Israeli army force raided a house in the town before dawn and shot Mohammad Abu Maria, 22, and his brother, Ahmad, 25, with live bullets.
Their father, Falah Abu Maria, the sources added, attempted to provide first aid to his injured sons when the soldiers unjustifiably shot him with two live bullets in the chest, killing him instantly.
The attacking force initially attempted to arrest both Mohammad and Ahmad Abu Maria, but they later resorted to the use of live fire for no justified reason.
Commenting on this extrajudicial killing, Presidential spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudainah, in a follow-up statement, said Israel’s ongoing killing of Palestinians aims to create a state of instability and tension in the region.
Qaddura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC), described the murder of Abu Maria, who is also a former prisoner in Israeli jails, as a war crime and a blatant violation of international treaties.
He confirmed that the Palestinian side will document this incident and refer it along with other cases to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hold Israel accountable for its systematic violations against unarmed Palestinians.
B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organizations, said that Israeli army’s frequent use of live ammunition, in breach of open-fire regulations, shows that “it is a not a matter of exceptional incidents but rather the implementation of an unlawful policy.”
In the first three months of this year, at least 30 children across the West Bank and East Jerusalem sustained gunshot wounds when Israeli forces used live ammunition to quash protests, according to Defense for Children International.
Also in 2014, Israeli forces killed at least 11 Palestinian children with live ammunition across the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
“Live ammunition is routinely used against children by Israeli policemen and soldiers, despite the Israeli military’s own regulations permitting its use only in circumstances in which a direct, mortal threat is posed to a soldier,” DCI-Palestine states.
DCI-Palestine’s director of accountability Ayed Abu Eqtaish said earlier this year, “Israeli soldiers and police use excessive force systematically and with almost complete impunity against Palestinian youth… This tragedy comes on the heels of at least thirty children who have sustained injuries from the use of live ammunition so far this year.”