‘Unarmed, Mentally Ill’ Palestinian Man Shot Dead By Israeli Soldiers

'Unarmed, Mentally Ill’ Palestinian Man Shot Dead By Israeli Soldiers

Israeli soldiers shot dead an unarmed Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Friday morning.

The man who has been identified the as 38-year-old Iyad Zakariya Khamed was running towards an IDF guard post.

The shooting was part of a procedure for stopping ‘suspicious individuals’

According to a Palestinian official the man was suffering from a mental illness, while it was reported that he was not carrying any weapons.

RT reports:

He was shot dead by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers as he ran towards a military post they were guarding at the entrance to the village of Silwad.

“[Israeli] forces identified a suspect running toward an IDF [Israel Defence Forces] post in Silwad,” the military spokeswoman said, as cited by Reuters. “Upon the suspect’s advance, the forces shot the suspect, resulting in his death. The incident is currently being reviewed.”

The spokeswoman said that “the details were still being checked,” when asked whether the Palestinian had been armed. Israeli media cited Palestinian officials as saying that no weapons were found on his body.

The IDF troops who opened fire were from the ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda Battalion, according to YNet News.

No soldiers were injured in the incident.