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Affidavit No. 2661/2005

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, 'Ala Basel Salman Al-Shishtri, hol-der of ID # 853079044, born on 14 September 1989, a student and a resident ofthe North Mountain, Nablus city, Nablus Governorate, would like to declare thefollowing:

On 8 November 2005, my friends (Ahmad and Ramzi) and I decided to go to the public park located in the north area of Nablus. As we reached Ahmad’s home, also located on the North Mountain and only 500 metres or a little bit more from the park, Ahmad stopped and called our other friend, Mohammad Abu Salha, in order to join us. Mohammad accepted and came with us.

After we walked several meters, we stopped for a drink at Mohammad’s father’s workshop where he works as a watchman. His father gave us a bottle of water, which we all drank from, and then we separated. Ramzi and Ahmad went to the park while Mohammad and I went to the castle located about 200 metres away from the park.

At approximately 3:00 pm, as soon as we began to part, I heard intensive gunfire near us. The four of us were still very close to each other. I looked around and saw a number of Israeli soldiers opening heavy fire in all directions. The Israeli soldiers were only around 100 metres away from us. As a result of this heavy fire, I was hit in my abdomen while a bullet hit Mohammad in his head. Mohammad instantly fell to the ground without uttering one word. He was bleeding heavily.

I was shocked and felt incredibly frightened about what was happening in front of me. I saw the occupying forces looking at us whilst we were bleeding, without coming near us to see what happened. I heard them speak in their megaphones in Hebrew, which is a language I do not understand. As a result of my injury, I started to lose consciousness. When I regained consciousness I discovered I was in the Ittihad Hospital in Nablus, being treated for the injury in my abdomen.

I stayed in the hospital for eight days. As for Mohammad, I was informed when I asked about him that he was killed. I was not surprised, because when he was hit in his head, I saw him vomiting food and blood together. As for the other two friends, I found out that Ahmad Fakhouri was not injured, but Ramzi Saqqa was hit in his left leg by a bullet, and that he was undergoing treatment in the Evangelical hospital in Nablus city.

With regards to the gunfire we were subjected to, it came as a surprise for all of us and it was unjustified, especially considering the fact that we were not armed and the area we were in was not banned. Moreover, both before and during the firing, the soldiers did not ask us to stop or do anything.

This is my statement and hereby I sign, 27 November 2005
Signature: Ala’ Basel Salman

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2661/2005
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 27 November 2005
  • Name: 'Ala Basel Salman Al-Shishtri
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