October 15, 2018: Elias Saleh Yassin, 22, was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier near an illegal Israeli colony, north of Salfit, in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian was shot dead by soldiers stationed at the “Gitai” Junction, close to Ariel illegal colony.
The Israeli army said the soldiers shot and killed Elias “before he was able to attack any of them”. But they presented no evidence that the Palestinian had any weapon or that he posed any danger to the soldiers. No soldiers were injured.
The army spokesperson added that two soldiers constantly guard the site of the reported attack, and added that one of them was the person who killed the Palestinian.
A Palestinian ambulance rushed to the scene, but the soldiers stopped it, and prevented the medics from approaching.
The head of the “Samaria Regional Council” of settlements, Yossi Dagan, arrived on the scene, and said that “the soldiers’ vigilance managed to foil the attempted attack,” and added that Israel’s colonies in the West Bank, will be expanded.
Elias is from the same village where Aisha ar-Rabi, 47, lived before she was killed, late on Friday, October 12, 2018, and her husband, Yacoub, was injured, near the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, when a group of Israeli colonialist settlers came onto the road and began throwing rocks at their car.
The area is also close to Industrial Zone of Barkan colony, where two Israeli settlers, identified as Ziv Hagbi, 35, and Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 28, were killed on October 7th 2018.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers killed seven Palestinians, and injured 252, including 50 children, 10 woman and one journalist, after the army fired dozens of live rounds, in addition to high-velocity gas bombs, during the Great Return March processions, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.
On the same day, a group of Israeli paramilitary settlers attacked a Palestinian couple south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, on Friday, killing the woman and injuring her husband.
Elias was from from Biddya village, west of Salfit, in the northern part of the West Bank. Source: IMEMC