Israeli occupation forces murdered on Tuesday evening Palestinian father of five children near occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem.
Eyewitnesses said that the Palestinian was walking to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Beit Lid, also known as Checkpoint 104, when the Israeli occupation forces opened fire at him.
“When I heard the gunshots,” Laila Wadi, an eyewitness said, “I saw the Palestinian man falling down on the ground.”
She added: “The Israeli occupation forces likely shot him with live bullets because he bled too much after he fell on the ground.”
The Israeli occupation forces, said the eyewitness, prevented people from approaching him and offering first aid.
Palestinian sources later on identified the man as Nidal Mahdawi, 44, who held an Israeli residency, married and a father of five children.
A spokesperson of the Israeli occupation army claimed Mahdawi “was armed with a knife and approached the Israeli forces at a crossing adjacent to Tulkarem.
Therefore, the spokesperson said, the Israeli forces “opened fire at the attacker and immediately killed him,” stressing that there were no casualties among the Israeli soldiers.
However, Israeli media at first claimed he was among several Palestinian protesters who threw stones at the Israeli occupation forces.
Mahdawi is the fifth Palestinian to have been confirmed killed by the Israeli occupation forces since the start of this month.