The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates today denounced the Israeli army killing of a Palestinian man near Ramallah and injuring his wife, describing the shooting as an extrajudicial execution.
Osama Mansour, 42, from the village of Biddu, near Ramallah, was shot in the head and killed early this morning when Israeli soldiers opened fire at a car he was driving with his wife after they had stopped at an army flying checkpoint. The wife, who was injured, said they stopped at the checkpoint and then continued on the road after a soldier told them to go before they were shot at for no reason.
“This atrocious crime is just one in a long and ongoing series of extrajudicial executions committed by the Israeli occupation soldiers and officers who are deployed at roadblocks and intersections in Palestinian cities and towns,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement, accusing the Israeli government of making it easy for its soldiers to shoot with the aim of killing Palestinians in cold blood even though they do not pose a threat to them.
It called on the international community to look seriously into imposing sanctions on the occupying state or send a team to investigate the killing of Mansour.
It also called for international protection of the Palestinian people under occupation against the crimes of the Israeli forces and settlers.