Othman Ahmad Ladadweh

October 26, 2018: Othman Ahmad Ladadweh, 33, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers who invaded his village, al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and began firing live ammunition, killing Othman and wounding seven others. The soldiers also assaulted journalists, and shot one.

Media sources in Ramallah said several army jeeps invaded the village, and attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters, who were holding a nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and colonies, leading to confrontations.

The soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed a former political prisoner, identified as Othman Ahmad Ladadweh, 33.

The Ministry stated that Ladadweh was shot with a live round in the upper thigh, but the bullet went through his spleen and liver, causing a very serious injury before he was rushed to the Istishari Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The soldiers also shot eight Palestinians with live fire, including one who suffered a serious gunshot wound in the head, and caused many others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Among the wounded is a journalist identified as Ahmad Shreiteh, who was shot with a live round in the thigh and suffered a moderate injury.

In addition, the soldiers fired gas bombs at media crews, and assaulted several journalists while trying to stop them from documenting the unfolding events.

A field documentation into the killing of Ladadweh, conducted by the Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law, has revealed that the soldiers who opened fire at Muhammad and other Palestinian protesters in the area aimed at harming as many Palestinian as possible.

Al-Haq reached this conclusion following its field documentation and follow-up, in addition to the review of eyewitness accounts, affidavits, and further available evidence, which showed that an Israeli soldier opened fire continuously and in a half-circle-shape towards protesting Palestinian youth, from a close distance, leading to the killing of 28-year-old Mohammad Shreiteh, and the injury of eight Palestinians, one of whom was seriously injured.

Othman was from al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiyya, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Source: IMEMC