July 25, 2023: Montaser Bahjat Ali Salama, 33, was shot and killed by Israeli forces along with two other men who were in a car that came under heavy fire from Israeli forces who were invading the area.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, three Palestinian men were in a vehicle, parked at the entrance to Jabal Gerizim (Mount Gerizim), south of Nablus.
The three men who were killed were identified as Noureddine Tayseer Al-Ardah, 32, Montaser Bahjat Ali Salama, 33, and Saad Maher Al-Kharraz, 43.
The Israeli army claimed that one young man exited the vehicle and allegedly opened fire at soldiers who were stationed in the area.
Occupation forces opened heavy fire at the vehicle, killing all three occupants. No injuries were reported among the army.
Israeli channel Kan claimed that the slain men had “opened fire at a military force in the area, which in turn responded with fire and killed those inside, while M-16 rifles were found inside the vehicle.”
Security sources said that Israeli occupation forces denied ambulance crews and journalists access to the scene, and eyewitnesses said that the army deliberately destroyed the surveillance cameras in the area.
In a statement, the army claimed that all three men were armed, and alleged that there were three M16 rifles, a pistol, cartridges and other equipment found in the car.
Soldiers closed the iron gate at the entrance to Mount Gerizim, for a number of hours, preventing Palestinian citizens from entering or leaving.
It was added that soldiers confiscated the bodies of the slain men, in addition to their vehicle.
Montaser was from Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Source: IMEMC