Jerusalem24 – The preliminary results of the autopsy of slain Sanad Al-Harbed, from the city of Rahat in the Negev, showed that a member of the “undercover” unit in the Israeli police fired two bullets at him in the back, leading to his death.
The 27-year-old father of three was killed during an Israeli police operation two days ago in the town of Rahat, in the Negev. The Israeli police stated that during an arrest operation in Rahat they were fired upon, and responded in kind – Killing Al-Harbed. Eyewitnesses reported that he was unarmed when he was killed. The autopsy’s report also contradicts the Israeli police’s initial statement.
The results published yesterday evening, Wednesday, indicate that Al-Harbed had his back turned to the Israeli policemen.
Large crowds of Palestinians participated in Al-Harbed’s funeral procession, burying him in the Rahat. Meanwhile, the Israeli police closed down Street No. 264 from Beit Kama Junction to Mishmar Hanegev Junction during the funeral. Keeping many people from arriving in the city to participate.
Yesterday also saw the town of Rahat observing a general strike, as commercial shops closed down, mourning for the death of Al-Harbed.
The killing of the Al-Harbed sparked an angry reaction among Palestinians in Israel. The head of the local council in Rahat, Sheikh Fayez Abu Suhaiban that, “a person was killed by the Israeli police amid an arrest operation that requires explanations, and there is an urgent need for a thorough investigation.”
The Higher Steering Committee of the Arabs of the Negev called for the formation of an independent investigation committee to find out the circumstances of Al-Harbed’s killing. To prosecute those responsible and affirm Arab refusal of being dealt with in a hostile manner.