Saturday, January 08, 2011

Israelis Admit Killing Innocent Civilian in Bed

The Israeli army on Friday admitted killing a 67-year-old Palestinian man in his sleep in Hebron, calling the victim an "innocent civilian." The army said it was a case of mistaken identity. The man was shot as troops swooped on houses in the occupied West Bank to re-arrest five members of the Hamas who had been freed from Palestinian jails just the day before.

The dead man was identified as Omar Kawasme, with family members saying he was an uncle of Wael Al Bitar, a Hamas prisoner being sought by Israel.

Soldiers broke into Qawasme’s home and stormed into his bedroom, his wife Sobheye said. She heard shots and found Qawasme lying in a pool of blood.'


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