West News Wire: The Israeli army said on Monday that a Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli army last week posed no threat or danger and shouldn’t have been killed.
At a military checkpoint on January 15, Ahmed Kahla, 46, of Ramon, near Silwad in the occupied West Bank, was shot in the neck at close range.
When Kahla first stepped out of his car with a knife in his hand and went toward soldiers with the intent to attack them, the Israeli army stated that this is why he was shot.
Kahla’s son Qusai, 20, who was with his father at the time, said their car was stopped at the checkpoint and a soldier fired a stun grenade that hit the roof of the vehicle. When Kahla asked why they were being attacked, an officer used pepper spray on him and pulled him from the vehicle before the soldier shot him dead.
Kahla had no intention of carrying out a stabbing attack, according to an army investigation, and “the incident should not have resulted in death.”
Zayed, the victim’s 45-year-old brother, told news reporters: “They killed him without cause. We’ll do everything we can to prosecute them. The family plans to proceed to the International Criminal Court in addition to filing a lawsuit against the army for monetary damages in Israeli courts.
Zayed added, “We want them to suffer the price for their crime, even though we recognize that their trial won’t bring our brother Ahmed back to life.” “We want to stop them from murdering more Palestinians in the cold, without cause.”