Affidavit No. 2054/2004

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, Muhammad Radhi Qasem Shiqqo, holder of ID# 945153351, born on 12 November 1961, a labourer and a resident of al-Yasmina Quarter in the Old City of Nablus, Nablus Governorate, would like to declare the following:

On 1 January 2004, while I was semi-asleep in my home located on the third floor in al-Yasmina Quarter, I woke up hearing the sound of gunfire around our home. I looked at my watch; it was around 9 pm. I then looked through the window overlooking the southern side and saw three persons firing at Fadi Serwan and Majdi Mir’i, whom I know very well, from close range. At the beginning, I thought that a certain problem happened, so I went outside my home that was only around 50 metres from where the incident was taking place. As I went out, I saw a number of Israeli soldiers at the top of the stairs, at a different distance than the firing was taking place, especially at Fadi and Majdi, which was a distance of less than 15 metres. I immediately realised that those shooting were the Israeli Special Squad forces. In fact, I saw one of these forces disguised in women's clothing. He was not firing.

The shooting at Fadi and Majdi continued heavily although they had fallen to the ground. A distance of around seven metres was between Majdi and Fadi. I would now like to mention that I cannot forget the assassination that was happening in front of my eyes. Fadi and Majdi were subjected to wilful killing and the firing at them continued despite that they had fallen on the ground, bleeding. Firing was taking place by the Special Squad forces from very close range that did exceed centimetres. This criminal operation and thirst for blood continued several minutes before the forces withdrew. I cannot forget what happened, especially when I saw one of these forces, after he finished the magazine of his weapon, filled it again and empty more rounds in Fadi’s and Majdi’s bodies.

It is worth mentioning that I did not hear any of the Special Forces soldiers ask anything from Fadi or Majdi or search them for anything. Through my witnessing the incident, all evidence points to the conclusion that the aim of these forces was the killing and exemplary punishment for these two young men and not their live arrest. In the wake of this crime, many persons arrived to the scene, including Fadi’s family, because the crime took place in front of their home. After the withdrawal of the Special Squad Forces, those of us who were present carried the two young men to a private car and took them to Rafidiya Hospital, although we were sure that they were dead.

This is my declaration and hereby I sign, 23 November 2004
Signature: Muhammad Radhi Qasem Shiqqo

Affidavit Details

  • Affidavit Number: 2054/2004
  • Field researcher: Yousef Qawareiq
  • Affidavit Date: 23 November 2004
  • Name: Muhammad Radhi Qasem Shiqqo
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