Soldiers Shot and Killed an Elderly Man While Sleeping In His Bed
Friday January 07, 2011 17:11 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli soldiers broke, on Friday at dawn, into the house of Omar al-Qawasmy, 66 years old, in al-Sheikh neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and shot him dead as he slept in his bed, local sources reported.
Israeli Soldiers - File, Maan Images
His son, Raja’ey stated that the soldiers broke into the home, directly headed to the bedroom of his parents, and fired several rounds that riddled his upper body and face.
Raja’ey added that his mother was not hurt as she was conducting dawn prayers. The soldiers forced her into the room of her disabled son, and proceeded to kill her husband.
He further stated that the soldiers were after resident Wael Mohammad al-Beitar, who lives in the first floor.
The son added that after the soldiers left the house, the family found the body of Omar soaked with blood and riddled with bullets. Raja’ey said that the soldiers apparently used a gun with a silencer in the killing of his father as gunshot sounds were never heard.
“The soldiers apparently thought al-Beitar lived in the second floor”, Raja’ey said. “That is apparently why they opened fire the moment they broke into the room; they did not bother checking his identity”.
Al-Beitar, along with five other Hamas members, was released from a Palestinian prison on Thursday following a direct order made by President Mahmoud Abbas. He is one of hundreds of Hamas members imprisoned by the Security Forces of Mahmoud Abbas.
They were all arrested last September and were imprisoned at a Palestinian detention facility in Hebron.
The five members were kidnapped by the Israeli Forces during the attack. They were identified as Majdi Obeid, Ahmad Oweiwy, Mohannad Neiroukh, Wisam al-Qawasmi and Mohammad Souqiyya.