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Affidavit No. 1927/2004

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, Anwar Muhammad Hamed 'Abd-al-Qader, holder of ID # 901238071, born on 21 July 1972, a grilled meat vendor and a resident of the western quarter, Toulkarem, Toulkarem Governorate, would like to declare the following:

At 7:00 pm Sunday, 25 July 2004, I was standing in front of my handcart, selling grilled meat in the southern quarter of Toulkarem near Abu-Nidal restaurant. The situation was very calm and there was no Israeli military force presence. I looked to 30 metres the north where I saw six young men standing and talking together; some of them were carrying weapons. I knew of them Muhammad Shantir, my neighbour who was not an activist nor wanted; and Hani 'Weida and Mahdi al-Tanbouz, both wanted activists with the Fateh Movement. Meanwhile, I looked to the west and saw a white Volkswagen bus with yellow Israeli registration plates driving at a normal speed. When it passed in front of me, I saw the driver, in his twenties, who had a short beard and white skin. He looked at me when he passed by.

The car continued going forward but then started to slow down and stopped 30 metres away from me to the north. I had an instinct to continue to look at this car, which then stopped nearby the aforementioned young men. Quickly, the doors of the car opened and five persons in civilian dress got out of it while opening fire in all directions. At the beginning, I believed that what was going on was just a problem among young men from the Fateh movement or similar factions. But the duration of the shooting made me change my mind and protect myself in a shop behind me, from where I looked from time to time to the scene. First, I saw Muhammad Abu-Samaha (I learned his name later), lying on the ground and another, Mahdi al-Tanbouz, lying beside him.

The heavy firing was so intensive I went back to the shop. After two minutes of the heavy firing, I saw a large number of Israeli military jeeps arrive to the scene, and I then realised that the group that opened fire on the young men was an Israeli Special Squad. Once again, I looked towards the scene and saw that the soldiers started to get out of the jeeps, which made me go back into the shop once again. I did not look any longer, fearing that these soldiers might see me. The army remained in that area for around 40 minutes without any shooting. Then the Israeli military jeeps started to leave the area. Soon, I hurried to the scene of the shooting.

There, I saw that six young men have been assassinated. They were Ahmad Nabil Barouq and Muhammad 'Adnan Shantir, neither wanted nor activists, but were standing with some wanted young men at the time of the incident; Said Nasser, who was not wanted but an activist in al-Aqsa Brigades; Mahdi Tanbouz, 'Abd-al-Rahman Shadid, and Hani 'Weida all were wanted activists with the al-Aqsa Brigades. These six men were laying on the ground, side by side each other with not much space separating them. I also saw that the heads of all of them were shot up and their brains were on the ground. I learned that Muhammad Fathi Samaha and Khalil Zeidan were injured and taken inside the Green Line by the Israeli jeeps. Also, Ibrahim Jayyousi, an activist with the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades had been injured and taken into one of the Israeli prisons where he was sentenced to six months. I was also informed that another person called Sheikh al-Zeitawi, a wanted activist with the al-Aqsa Brigades, escaped. I am still suffering from a bad psychological state after witnessing the injured heads and scattered brains on the ground.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, on 25 August 2004

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 1927/2004
  • Field researcher: Tareq al-Haj Mahmoud
  • Affidavit Date: 25 August 2004
  • Name: Anwar Muhammad Hamed 'Abd-al-Qader
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