Palestinian official's nephew shot dead by Israeli police on sister's wedding day
He was to be wed the next week.
Israeli police on Tuesday shot dead a Palestinian man who they said had tried to ram his car into an officer at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian officials questioned the police's account of Ahmad Erekat's death. They said he was rushing to nearby Bethlehem to pick up family members from a hair salon on his sister's wedding day.
This is the invitation of Eman's wedding , Ahmed's sister 23ed of June 2020 from 7-10 pm. Ahmed Erakat (26)was murdered in cold blood at the wadi al nar road block, by Israeli occupying .They continue their Lies and claim he tried to run over the soldiers.Netanyahu is responsible pic.twitter.com/fXYATMM6jW- Dr. Saeb Erakat ??????? ???? ?????? (@ErakatSaeb) June 23, 2020
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the 27-year-old Erekat lightly injured an officer when he drove his vehicle into a barrier at a checkpoint near the town of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem.
"(He) got out of the car and approached officers who responded by shooting" him and "he died at the scene", Rosenfeld added.
Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the man killed was his relative, and that his wedding was set for next week.
"This young man was killed in cold blood. What the occupation army (Israeli military) claims, that he was trying to run someone over, is a lie," he said.
Video showed Israeli troops placing a plastic sheet over the man, who lay shirtless on the ground next to his vehicle.
Tensions have risen in recent weeks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet due on July 1 to begin discussing annexation of the West Bank, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a state.
Palestinians vehemently oppose the annexation plan, as do most world powers.
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