Affidavit No.: 2055/2004

Sworn Statement

After having been warned to tell the truth and nothing but the truth or else I shall be subjected to penal action, I the undersigned, Jihad Nour Yousef al-Serwan, holder of ID # 916795479, born on 17 July 1965, a labourer and a resident of al-Yasmina Quarter in the Old City of Nablus, Nablus Governorate, would like to declare the following:

On 1 November 2004, my six-member family and I were in the third floor of our home located in al-Yasmina quarter. Between 8:45 and 9:00 pm, I heard firing in the quarter where we live. Immediately, I looked from the window to the southwest direction, where I saw three persons. One of them disguised in a woman clothes, and the other two in civilian clothing, while one of them had a beard. They moved towards the place where my nephew and his friend Majdi Mir'i were standing, 10 metres away from my home. Then one of them moved toward Fadi and caught him from his neck, and opened heavy fire directly at him while he was lifting his hands up.

Majdi, who was standing with him, tried to escape after he saw what had happened to his friend Fadi. He ran for approximately seven metres, and then stopped and lifted his hands. One of the Israeli Special Squad members came towards him and emptied his gun directly into Majdi’s body. The third person of the Special Squad was standing and looking over what was going on. I quickly went from my home to the scene. On my way down, I saw a number of soldiers standing to the south of my home. I then realised why Majdi stopped and did not continue running. The Special Squad soldiers were not satisfied with what they had done, but also they intentionally fired at both Fadi and Majdi intensively, despite that they fell to the ground.

These soldiers were behaving in an unjustified, nasty and cruel manner. One of them put a box of sweets he was carrying in front of Fadi’s family home in a provocative way, and then they withdrew. As for shooting at Fadi and Majdi, it took place without any prior notice or warning. These forces did not even verify their identity cards. This means that the Special Squad Unit came only to kill them in cold blood rather than arrest them. After the withdrawal of the Israeli army, many persons came to the scene and transferred Fadi and Majdi to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus, but they were dead.

As for the Special Squad, when they withdrew, they were driving two white Ford cars, and I also saw nearby them a military patrol. After a few minutes, Jihad Abu-Salha arrived to the scene, and when he learned of the assassination of his friends, he went down to the first step of the stairs overlooking the main street and tried to aim his gun at the soldiers. They no sooner saw him than fired many bullets at him, and he fell to the ground. At that moment, many persons carried him and took him to Rafidiya hospital, but he was dead.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 20 November 2004
Signature: Jihad Nour Yousef al-Serwan

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2055/2004
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 20 November 2004
  • Name: Jihad Nour Yousef al-Serwan
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