Affidavit No. 2150/2005

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, 'Udwan Amin 'Abd-al-Rahim Zeid, holder of I.D. # 936270834, born on 17 February 1950, a municipality employee and a resident of Qalqiliya, Qalqiliya Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At 3:00 p.m. 26 January 2005, while I was at my home in the central area of Qalqiliya city listening to the news on al-Jazeera, I heard heavy firing. I moved from the sitting room to the kitchen window, which overlooks on the street from the north. I saw a brown-grey private car driving very slowly, surrounded by three armed persons from the front, back and right sides. They were shouting, “Stop the car and bring the weapons”. At that moment, I realised that they were from the Israeli Special Squad, although they were wearing civilian clothing and shouting in both Hebrew and Arabic. I immediately realised that the driver of the car was injured and couldn’t control the car. The car ran for a short distance (around 12 metres) and then crashed into a tree beside the sidewalk.

Despite that, the Special Squad soldiers did not stop shooting inside the car. Even when the car stopped, I saw the soldier on the right side open the four doors of the car and shoot two bullets at the driver and the person who was sitting beside him. Then these soldiers pulled out the driver, the man in the passenger seat, and a third who was sitting in the back seat from the car. Each soldier dragged a person with his face on the ground for a distance of 12 metres and then put them inside a shop nearby the place of the shooting. The Special Squad soldiers were then stoned, and I heard them asking for support from other soldiers. After few minutes, many patrol cars arrived to the scene and then those Special Squad soldiers who were shooting at the persons in the car got in an old white Volkswagen, which I saw behind them, and then they withdrew from the place.

I then realised that two of the three persons who were in the car were killed while they were inside the car, though I did not know the destiny of the third. I also immediately recognised these two young men from their shapes, and later I confirmed that they were Maher Harb, Muhammad Khamis and Yihiya Nazzal. After an hour, I knew that only Maher Harb was killed, while Muhammad Khamis sustained serious injuries and Yihiya Nazzal sustained medium injuries. It is worth noting that these soldiers fired at anybody who tried to approach the scene. I also saw an ambulance come from the west, but due to the gunfire it stopped and could not proceed. I would also like to mention the Special Squad soldiers were carrying short weapons (advanced M-16). As for me, I was only seven metres away from the scene and the operation lasted only around five minutes or a little more.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 1 February 2005
Signature: 'Udwan Amin 'Abd-al-Rahim Zeid

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2150/2005
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 1 February 2005
  • Name: 'Udwan Amin 'Abd-al-Rahim Zeid
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