Jun 01, 2020 08:57 UTC
  • Two Israeli forces freed day after shooting dead disabled Palestinian

Two Israeli forces, who had shot and martyred a mentally-ill Palestinian man in occupied al-Quds, have been freed.

Eyad al-Hallaq, a 32-year-old Palestinian with special needs, was shot and martyred by the two Israeli forces in the vicinity of al-Asbat Gate, a main entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of al-Quds on Saturday.

Israel forces claimed in a statement following the assassination that the Palestinian was allegedly “holding a suspicious object that appeared to be a gun.” 

At the time of the incident, Hallaq was on his way to a special needs educational institute, where he studied.

When the Israeli forces ordered him to stop approaching, he did not understand the order and ran away in fear, and was reportedly shot eight to ten times.

On Sunday, the two Israeli forces, who were directly involved in Hallaq’s murder, were freed after spending a night in detention, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, the Gaza-based Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, and many human rights organizations have strongly condemned Hallaq’s tragic murder, calling for international probes into Israeli crimes against the Palestinians, particularly extrajudicial killings.

The shooting came a day after Israeli troops martyred a Palestinian father of five children, identified as Fadi Adnan Sarhan Samara, 37, over an alleged car-ramming attack near Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The Israeli military regularly opens fatal fire on Palestinians, claiming they pose a threat to the regime's forces.

Human rights groups have repeatedly criticized Tel Aviv for its shoot-to-kill policy as a large number of the Palestinians martyred at the scene of the alleged attacks did not pose any serious threat to Israelis.