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Affidavit No.1615/2004

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, Ayman Mustafa Abdul Rahim Abu Hantash, born on 14 March 1977, work as a labourer, resident of Tulkarem refugee camp in the district of Tulkarem, would like to declare the following:

On 18 October 2003, at around 1:00, while I was working in the vegetable market near the Jamal Abdul Nasser circle in the middle of the city of Tulkarem, I saw a crowd of people running. When I asked of the reason they were running, they told me that Israeli military jeeps had entered the town. At that point I heard shooting and then saw the shop owners closing up their shops and leaving their houses. I also closed down the shop that I was working in and I remained nearby.

As I was looking into the alley in the vegetable market that is nearby the Jamal Abdul Nasser circle, I saw three Israeli military jeeps nearby that circle with the word “police” written on the side of one of them. I also saw a group of boys throwing stones and the like towards those jeeps. The Israeli patrols were 60 metres away from me towards the west, while the boys were less than ten metres away. I stole glances at the soldiers in the alley and at the boys who were throwing stones at them and then would hide. Suddenly at around 1:30 pm of the same day, while I was watching the army, I saw two Israeli soldiers come up from behind the jeeps. One of them lay on the floor on his stomach and aimed his gun towards the boys who were standing at the end of the alley.

At that point, I pulled myself back. Immediately afterwards, the soldiers shot in our direction, as a result of which one of the boys fell to the ground. He started bleeding from his neck and chest. Some of the other boys picked him up and carried him and started running to Tulkarem Hospital, which is nearby. Then the Israeli military patrols left the area. In less than half an hour, I learned that that boy was called Yahya Rihan and was a resident of Shufeh Farm in the suburbs of Tulkarem. I also knew that he had become a martyr. In addition, the Israeli army did not impose curfew on Tulkarem during that time, left the area and did not return in that same day.

Date: 1July 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1615/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 1July 2004
  • Name: Ayman Mustafa Abdul Rahim Abu Hantash
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