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Affidavit No. 5336/2010

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, Akram Hisham Jamil Qadous, of Palestinian nationality, holder of ID No. 853505568, born on 28 January 1992, a high school student – literary stream, and a resident of „Iraq Bourin village, Nablus governorate, would like to declare the following:

At around 11:00 am on 20 March 2010, I was present with dozens of young men near an uninhabited house about 30 to 40 metres east of „Iraq Bourin village. We were throwing stones at approximately 30 soldiers from the Israeli army, who were positioned at a distance of about 100 metres east of our location. Over a period of two hours, the soldiers, who were wearing standard military uniforms and carrying long weapons, responded by occasionally firing tear gas and sound grenades as well as rubber-coated steel bullets towards us. No one was reported wounded.

At around 3:00 pm we were informed by a number of young people that Israeli patrols were heading towards us from the main street of the village. We were afraid that soldiers onboard the patrols would surround us so we moved towards the eastern area of the village. After running for dozens of metres, I saw about three Israeli patrols, which we knew were used by Druze soldiers. I saw the patrols cross the street from east to west; that is, to the area where we had run. Many tear gas grenades were fired towards us from inside the patrols. After moving forward several metres, the patrols stopped. I headed towards the village‟s graveyard, south of the street, and sought protection behind an elevated grave. I was at a distance of about 60 to 70 metres southwest of the patrols and could see them. At a distance of 80 to 100 metres from the patrols, I saw several young men, who were west of the street, between houses.

A short time later, I saw Muhammad Qadous standing on the street in the area I mentioned above. He was about 15 years of age, a resident of the village and I was very well acquainted with him. Turned towards the west, in the opposite direction of the patrols, Muhammad was at a distance of 10 to 15 metres northwest of my location. A number of young men from the village were near him. I also saw „Usayd Qadous, about 17 years of age and a resident of our village, sitting beside the door of a store south of the street. At a distance of about 10 metres north of my place, „Usayd was about six metres south of Muhammad‟s location. As he sat, „Usayd turned towards the north-eastern area and had his back towards the south.

A moment after seeing the patrols I noticed that the driver of the first patrol, which had stopped in front of the other patrols in the western area, had left the vehicle. He wore a dark blue shirt and gray trousers, carried a long weapon, and wore a helmet on his head. He was relatively short and of brown complexion. I estimated that he was around 30 years of age. He stopped right beside the patrol‟s door and I saw him put his long weapon on the door‟s window, aim, and fire a live bullet. I saw dust rise as the bullet hit a stone on the ground. The stone was approximately 20 metres east of the aforesaid young men. I saw the same soldier point his weapon at „Usayd and fire another bullet. At that time, I did not know what had happened to „Usayd. I did not hear him say a word. Immediately, the soldier pointed his weapon at Muhammad and fired another bullet. I saw Muhammad fall on his face on the ground. He shouted one word. It might have been: “I am gone.”

Immediately, I moved from my place in the south and ran 10 to 15 metres towards the west, where „Usayd and Muhammad had been present. By then, a number of young men had reached them and they carried them. I saw both „Usayd and Muhammad. I watched blood flow from Muhammad‟s back and the left side of his waist. Blood also streamed out of the right side of „Usayd‟s head. Young men carried Muhammad and „Usayd for several metres towards the west. Several minutes later, they were put in a Ford car that belonged to a resident of the village. The resident transported them to a hospital in the city of Nablus.

An hour or more later, a friend of mine told me that Muhammad was martyred at the Nablus Specialist Hospital. „Usayd, who was at the same hospital, was in a very critical condition.

The next morning, a friend of mine informed me that „Usayd was martyred as well. On the same day, I took part in the burial of the corpses in the village‟s graveyard.

I can confirm that the bullets I mentioned above were the only ones which were fired by the said soldier towards „Usayd and Muhammad. It should be noted that stones were not thrown at the moment the bullets were fired. Furthermore, I did not see Muhammad or „Usayd take part in throwing the stones.

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 5336/2010
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 21 March 2010
  • Name: Akram Hisham Jamil Qadous
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