Palestinian witnesses say dead man was nowhere near Israeli forces when shot

Israeli border police officers are seen on a main road next to the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)
Israeli border police officers are seen on a main road next to the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

Palestinian witnesses say a 27-year-old man identified as Omar Qatin, who was shot and killed during a settler rampage through the West Bank town of Turmus Ayya, was nowhere near Israeli forces when he was shot.

“He was just standing there, innocent, he is such a kind-hearted kid. He had no stones, he was totally unarmed, he was at least half a mile away from the military,” said Khamis Jbara, his neighbor.

Residents said Qatin was a father of two small children and worked as an electrician for the local municipality. “He works from 6 am to 6pm. He is a peaceful man.”

Police said they opened fire at a Palestinian suspected of shooting toward security forces.

AP contributed to this report

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