Follow-up: Military Police and MAG Corps investigations of civilian Palestinian fatalities in West Bank since April 2011

Published: 
30 Apr 2013
Updated: 
30 Jul 2015

In April 2011 the State Attorney’s Office informed the High Court of Justice of a change to the military’s investigative policy in instances in which Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians in the West Bank: After more than a decade in which the launching of investigations was the exception rather than the rule, an inverse guideline was put into effect so that, as a rule, investigations are launched immediately and as a matter of course.

Ever since regular investigations were renewed, B’Tselem has followed-up on how the MAG Corps and the Military Police handle incidents in which Palestinians were killed by the military, and posts the results of its inquiries on the website. Each incident is accompanied by a current status report of the investigation, based on official communications conveyed to B’Tselem.

Overall figures regarding investigation status in cases of Palestinian civilians killed by soldiers in the West Bank for the period of April 2011 through May 2015:

Investigation status by number of incidents   Investigation status by number of fatalities  
Total 62 Total 73
Investigation will not be launched 9 Investigation will not be launched 12
Investigation launched: 6 Investigation launched: 6
Investigation underway Investigation underway
Additional investigative matters being completed 3 Additional investigative matters being completed 3
Case being reviewed by prosecutor 28 Case being reviewed by prosecutor 34
Appeal rejected 1 Appeal rejected 1
Case closed 11 Case closed 13
Decision to indict 1* Decision to indict 1*
Conviction 1 Conviction 1
Acquittal 1** Acquittal 1**
No information available 2 No information available 2

* Subject to hearing

** In one case, a soldier was convicted and his commander acquitted.

2011


13 July 2011 - Ibrahim 'Omar Muhammad Sarhan

21, of al-Far’ah Refugee Camp, Tubas District. Killed at al-Far’ah Refugee Camp when shot by soldiers conducting an arrest operation. The soldiers, who chanced upon Sarhan on the street, ordered him to stop and shot him when he did not comply. 

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 13 July 2011. On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed without an indictment. On 22 July 2013 B'Tselem appealed the decision to close the case without an indictment. On 5 February 2015, the military prosecutor informed B’Tselem that he had dismissed the appeal against the decision to close the case without an indictment, on the grounds that the shooting soldier’s conduct was not unreasonable given the overall circumstances and his understanding of the situation at the time.

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1 August 2011 - Mu'atasem 'Issa 'Othman 'Adwan and ‘Ali Hassan 'Abed Khalifah

‘Adwan, 22, and Khalifah, 25, both residents of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds District were killed at Qalandiya Refugee Camp when shot at by soldiers concluding an arrest operation, as they stood in a group of youths throwing stones at the soldiers.

Investigation status: On 4 August 2011, B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of additional matters. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

23 September 2011 – ‘Issam Kamal 'Abed Badran

37, of Qusrah, Nablus District. Killed near Qusrah when soldiers fired during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces: villagers threw stones at the soldiers and their response included firing live ammunition. The clashes were a result of settlers entering Palestinian-owned land in the southern part of the village. 

Investigation status: On 24 October 2011 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been launched. On 13 May 2013, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that on 5 February 2013 the case had been closed without filing an indictment..

9 December 2011 - Mustafa 'Abd a-Razaq Mustafa a-Tamimi

28, of a-Nabi Saleh, Ramallah District. Wounded on 9 December 2011 during the weekly demonstration at a-Nabi Saleh, when hit in the head by a tear-gas canister while throwing stones at an armored military jeep. Died on 10 December 2011.

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Investigation status: On 11 December 2011 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of certain additional matters. On 5 December 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed because the gunfire that had killed a-Tamimi “was carried out in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations, and did not involve any wrongdoing.”

2012

24 February 2012 - Tal'at 'Abd a-Rahman Ziad Ramyeh

25, of a-Ram, al-Quds District. Killed at the northeast entrance to a-Ram when shot at by soldiers during clashes between soldiers and demonstrators, after he had cast firecrackers at the soldiers.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 24 February 2012. On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for reviewOn 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed already on 4 July 2013 on the grounds that the gunfire that killed Ramyeh was carried out in accordance with open fire regulations.

 

8 March 2012 - Zakaria Jamal Muhammad Abu 'Arram

16, of Yatta, Hebron District. Killed in Yatta when a soldier who had been stabbed in the throat opened fire at a group of youths fleeing the scene; Zakaria Abu 'Arram was killed and the stabber was wounded.

Investigation status: On 7 May 2012 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the incident had been classified as “actual combat activity”. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. On 14 November 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation would not be launched and that the “case was closed after getting the position of the the military sources, which indicates that the two Palestinians attacked and stabbed an IDF soldier the throat, in the course of an operation for apprehending a wanted individual. The soldier who was stabbed fired at the assailants and as a result of the shooting one was killed and the other seriously injured. In view of the above, a decision was made to discontinue handling of the case.” 

27 March 2012 - Rashad Dhib Hassan Shawakhah

27, of the village of Rammun, Ramallah District. Wounded in Rammun on 27 March 2012 when shot by soldiers in civilian clothing and uniformed soldiers: Two soldiers in civilian clothes approached Shawakhah’s house in the middle of the night. He and his two brothers, believing the men to be burglars, went out to meet them, armed with a knife and a club. The soldiers did not identify themselves and first shot one of his brothers. When the brothers responded by trying to attack the soldiers, the soldiers shot Rashad and the other brother as well. Uniformed soldiers who arrived on the scene shot him again as he lay wounded on the ground. He died of his injuries six days later, on 2 April 2012.

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A Military Police investigation was launched on 24 April 2012. On 5 January 2014, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case was still under investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to the MPIU to complete investigation of additional matters. On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the Military Police had not yet completed its additional investigation. On 13 January 2015, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under review.

17 November 2012 - Rushdi Mahmoud Hassan a-Tamimi

30, of a-Nabi Saleh, Ramallah district. Wounded on 17 November 2012 at the village of a-Nabi Saleh when soldiers opened fire during a demonstration in which youths threw stones at the soldiers. He died of his injuries two days later, on 19 November 2012.

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Investigation status: On 5 December 2012 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 23 April 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the investigation had been completed and that the material had been sent to a military prosecutor for reviewOn 3 October 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 17 February 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the material had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to the MPIU to complete investigation of additional matters.On 10 July 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed without an indictment.


19 November 2012 - Hamdi Muhammad Jawad Musa al-Fallah

22 years old, of Hebron. Killed near the Halhul-Hebron Bridge on Route 35 when shot by soldiers while aiming a laser pen at them during clashes between the soldiers and Palestinians.

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Investigation status: On 5 December 2012 B’Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been opened. On 6 February 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case is being reviewed by a military prosecutor. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police to complete investigation of additional matters. On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 14 May 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed without indictments. 


2013

12 January 2013 – ‘Udai Muhammad Salameh Darawish

21 years old, of a-Ramadin, Hebron District. Killed near the Meitar checkpoint when shot by soldiers as he fled from them after he entered Israel, for work purposes, without a permit.

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A Military Police investigation was opened on 12 January 2013. On 18 March 2013 the MAG Corps announced that a soldier had been convicted in a plea bargain of the negligent manslaughter of Darawish. On 17 June 2013 the MAG Corps reported that the soldier who shot Darwish was given a seven-month prison sentence, a suspended prison sentence and was demoted to sergeant. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the soldier’s commander had been acquitted of charges of negligent manslaughter.

15 January 2013 - Samir Ahmad Muhammad 'Awad

16, of Budrus, Ramallah District. Killed on 15 January 2013 in Budrus when shot by soldiers near the Separation Barrier. ‘Awad crossed the first barbed wire fence of the barrier and was shot in the back and in the head as he tried to flee the soldiers’ ambush and return to Budrus.

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A Military Police investigation was opened on 15 January 2013. On 13 May 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the further investigation has been completed and the material sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 23 February 2013 the Military Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been re-sent for further investigation. On 27 March 2014 Ahmad ‘Awad, Samir ‘Awad’s father, petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice together with B’Tselem, demanding that the court oblige the MAG to decide whether to indict the soldiers who killed his son or close the case file. On 14 May 2015 Israel’s State Attorney’s Office informed the High Court of Justice that, subject to a hearing, the soldiers involved would be charged with the offense of committing “a reckless and negligent act using a firearm”. 

18 January 2013 - Saleh Ahmad Suliman al-'Amarin

15 years old, of al-‘Aza Refugee Camp, Bethlehem District. Sustained head injuries on 18 January 2013 in ‘Ayda Refugee Camp, Bethlehem District, from shots fired by soldiers during clashes between Palestinian youths and soldiers in front of the military guard tower near Rachel’s Tomb. He died of his injuries on 23 January 2013.

Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 27 January 2013. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 13 July 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been returned to the Military Police for further investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

23 January 2013 - Lubna Munir Sa'id al-Hanash

21, of Bethlehem. Hit by shots a soldier fired near Route 60 while she was walking on the grounds of Al-‘ Arrub College, after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an Israeli car traveling along the road ahead of the vehicle in which the soldier who fired and the second-in-command of the Yehuda Brigade were passengers.

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Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 23 January 2013. On 3 October 2013, the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 12 March 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 10 April 2014 Munir al-Hanash, Lubna al-Hanash’s father, petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice together with B’Tselem, demanding that the court oblige the MAG to make a decision whether to indict the soldiers who killed his daughter or close the case. Only after the petition was filed, did the MAG Corps inform B’Tselem - on 10 June 2014 - that the case had been closed after the investigation revealed the shooting did not breach protocol and did not constitute any type of criminal offense.

22 February 2013 - Muhammad Samih Hussein 'Asfur

22, of ‘Abud, Ramallah District. On 22 February 2013, suffered head injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by soldiers during a demonstration in ‘Abud in which youths threw stones at the soldiers. Died of his injuries in a hospital in Israel on 7 March 2013.

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Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 7 March 2013. On 3 October 2013 the MAG Corps informed B'Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation. On 13 July 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed without an indictment.

1 March 2013 – Mahmoud Wajih ‘Abd al-Hamid ‘Awad

25 years old, of ‘Atarot, Ramallah District. Injured in the back of the head by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by a soldier in clashes near Qalandiya Checkpoint. Died of his wounds on 28 November 2013.

Investigation status: On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

12 March 2013 - Mahmoud 'Adel Fares a-Titi

22, of al-Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron District. Killed in al-Fawwar Refugee Camp by shots fired by soldiers: the soldiers entered the camp in a military vehicle, their vehicle got stuck, residents of the camp threw stones at the soldiers and the soldiers opened fire. 

Investigation status: On 17 March 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation had been opened into the matter. On 24 July 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation.  On 13 January 2015, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under review.

3 April 2013 – ‘Amer Ibrahim Naji Nassar and Naji 'Abd a-Salam Naji al-Balbisi

Nassar, 18 years old, and al-Balbisi, 19, both of ‘Anabta, Tulkarm District, were killed near the ‘Anabta-‘Einav checkpoint when shot at by soldiers. The two arrived at the checkpoint with two other youths. Nassar threw a Molotov cocktail at the guard tower at the checkpoint. Soldiers who ambushed the four youths, fired a massive barrage at them and they fled. Nassar was shot in the chest and was killed about 120 meters from the checkpoint; al-Balbisi, who ran behind a building, was shot in the back.

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 Investigation status: A Military Police investigation was opened on 7 April 2013. On 14 November 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 1 May 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been closed, citing insufficient evidence for criminal proceedings against any military entity or personnel involved in the incident.

2 July 2013 – Mu’taz Idris 'Abd al-Fatah Sharawnah

18, of Dura, Hebron District. Killed in Dura by shots fired at his back by soldiers, as he took part in clashes with Israeli military troops.

Investigation status: On 3 July 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation file had been opened. On 13 July 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was under further investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

20 August  2013 – Majd Muhammad Ahmad Lahlouh and Karim Subhi Muhammad Saleh

Lahlouh, 20, and Abu Sbeih, 17, both of Jenin Refugee Camp,  were shot by soldiers in Jenin R.C. during clashes and exchanges of gunfire that took place in the course of an arrest at the refugee camp. Both took part in stone-throwing at the Israeli security forces. Abu Sbeih died of his wounds about ten days later.

Investigation status: On 29 September 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the incident had been classified as “actual combat activity”. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy in effect as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation of the incident. The MAG stated that according to a preliminary review of the incident, in the course of “exchanges of fire between IDF troops and armed Palestinians… one armed individual was killed and another was wounded and  later died of his injuries”.

26 Aug 2013 - Rubin 'Abd a-Rahman Hussein Zayed, Jihad Mansur Harbi Aslan and Yunes Jamal Muhammad Jahjouh

Zayed, 34, Aslan, 20, and Jahjouh, 22, all residents of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds District, were killed by military fire during clashes that erupted in the course of an arrest in the refugee camp. Aslan and Jahjouh took part in stone-throwing at the Israeli security forces. Zayed, an UNRWA employee did not take part in the clashes.

Investigation status: on 28 August 2013 B'Tselem was informed that a Military Police investigation had been launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review. On 13 January 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under further investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

17 October 2013 – Yunis Ahmad Mahmoud a-Radayda

27, of Beit Hanina al-Balal, al-Quds District. Shot by soldiers after forcing his way into a military base on a tractor.

Investigation status: On 29 October 2013, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting. Rather, it is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy in effect as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched.  On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation of the incident. The MAG stated that according to a preliminary review of the incident, a-Radayda, who was driving the tractor, forced his way into an IDF base and tried to run over several soldiers. He was shot and killed as he tried to run over soldiers.”

22 October 2013 - Muhammad Rabah Shukri ‘Asi 

22, of Beit Liqiya, Ramallah District. Active member of Islamic Jihad military branch. Killed in the course of exchanges of fire with security forces when they came to apprehend him in a cave in which he was hiding. 

Investigation status: On 29 October 2013 , the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting. Rather, it is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy in effect as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation, noting that the preliminary examination of the incident indicated that in the course of an attempt to arrest the man, he opened heavy fire at IDF troops. They returned fire, which was apparently the cause of his death.

31 October 2013 – Ahmad ‘Imad Yusuf Tazazah

20, of Qabatiya, Jenin District. Killed by gunfire in clashes with the military in a market near Qabatiya. 

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Investigation status: On 11 November 2013 the IDF Spokesperson informed B’Tselem that a “limited investigation” had been launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed  B’Tselem that the case had been reclassified from “limited investigation” to “regular investigation”. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was under further investigation.

7 November 2013 – Bashir Sami Salem Habanin

28, of Marka, Jenin District. Shot to death by Border Police officers and soldiers after firing firecrackers at Tapuah Junction.

Investigation status: On 13 November 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” and is not uninvolved in fighting, and that he was killed after performing hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched. On 5 January 2014 the MAG Corp informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation, noting that the preliminary examination of the incident indicated that Bashir Sami Salem Habanin had fired firecrackers at Israeli civilians. “IDF and Border Police troops on site… followed “procedure for arresting a suspect”… which culminated in shots fired at his legs… After he was shot in the legs, he got up and continued firing firecrackers at the troops. In view of this and the menace he posed to the lives of the troops and civilians present at the junction, the forces fired additional shots which were the cause of his death.

26 November 2013 - Muhammad Fouad Jamil Neiroukh, Moussa Makhmareh and Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Najar

Nairuth, 30, of Hebron and Makhmareh, 21 of Yatta, Hebron District, were members of an armed Palestinian group. Military, ISA and police forces fired at their car in what the military classified as an arrest operation in the town of Yatta. Najar. 22, of Yatta, Hebron District, a member of the same armed organization was killed shortly after in what the military classified as an operation for his arrest in al-Karmil, Hebron District. 

Investigation status: On 23 December 2013 B’Tselem applied to the MAG Corps and the Israel Police demanding that an investigation be launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation would not be launched because “it has been found that the three fatalities were Salafist jihadists who were killed in view of a real and immediate danger they posed to the forces of the Special Police Unit attempting to apprehend them”.

7 December 2013 – Wajih Wajdi Wajih a-Ramahi

15, of Jalazon Refugee Camp, Ramallah District. Shot in the back by soldiers when he was in the vicinity of teenagers in the refugee camp who were throwing stones at the soldiers from approximately 200 meters away. 

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Investigation status: On 15 December 2013 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an MPIU investigation had been launched. On 13 January 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was under further investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under further investigation.

19 December 2013 - Saleh Samir 'Abd a-Rahman Yasin

27, of Qalqiliya, member of Palestinian security forces. Fired at soldiers and then shot to death by them. According to IDF Spokesperson, the soldiers were on site for an arrest raid.

Investigation status: On 30 December 2013 B’Tselem demanded that the MAG Corps instruct the MPIU to launch an investigation. On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation of the incident. The MAG stated that according to a preliminary review of the incident, “in the course of an arrest raid in Qalqiliyah, shots were fired at the troops. The troops returned fire at the suspect who fired. The gun the suspect used was found on site.”

2014

29 January 2014 - Muhammad Mahmoud 'Abd al-'Aziz Mubarak

20, of al-Jalazun R.C, Ramallah District. Shot by soldiers near 'Ein Siniya.  According to the military, the soldiers fired after Mubarak opened fire at a nearby military tower.

Investigation status: On 2 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the man killed is not considered “a civilian” uninvolved in fighting. It is known that the man is a terrorist conducting hostile terrorist activity. Therefore, even in accordance with the new investigative policy in effect as of April 2011, a Military Police investigation would not be immediately launched.  On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that it would not launch an investigation of the incident. The MAG stated that according to a preliminary review of the incident, Mubarak “was shot while he was firing at IDF troops”. 

10 March 2014 – Raed ‘Alaa a-Din Nafe’ Z’eitar

38, Palestinian and Jordanian citizen. Shot by soldiers at Allenby Bridge, the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan after he argued with a soldier and pushed him. 

Investigation status: On 11 March 2014 B’Tselem demanded that the MAG Corps instruct the MPIU to launch an investigation. On 30 March 2014 the MAG Corps wrote on its website that the MPIU has been instructed to launch an investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

10 March 2014 – Saji Sayel Muhammad Jarab'ah 

20, of Beitin, Ramallah District. Sustained head wound from gunfire shot by soldiers in ambush when he was near Route 60, not far from Beitin. The military stated that he was throwing stones at the road.

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Investigation status: On 12 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an MPIU investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

19 March 2014 - Yusef Sami Yusef a-Shawamreh

14, of Deir al-‘Asal al-Foqa, Hebron District. Shot by soldiers in ambush after he and two friends crossed a gap in the Separation Barrier to gather gundelia [Arabic: ‘Akub], a thistle-like edible plant.

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Investigation status: On 19 March 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an MPIU investigation had been launched. On 10 July 2014, the MAG Corps for Operational Matters informed B’Tselem that the MAG had decided to close the investigation file without an indictment, “in the absence of a suspected breach of open fire regulations or criminal conduct on the part of any military personnel”. 

22 March 2014 - Muhammad 'Omar Saleh Abu Zeinah and Yazan Mahmoud Bassem Jabarin

Abu Zeinah, 21, and Jabarin, 19, both of Jenin R.C, were shot by security forces during clashes at the refugee camp after the killing of Hamzah Abu al-Heija by Border Police officers. Jabarin was shot while throwing Molotov cocktails and Abu Zeinah was killed while carrying the body of Hamzah Abu al-Heija.

Investigation status: On 29 April 2014 B’Tselem wrote to the MAG Corps, demanding an MPIU investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

15 May 2014 – Muhammad Mahmoud ‘Odeh Salameh

16, of al-Mazra'ah al-Qibliyah, Ramallah District. Shot in the back and killed in a protest near the village of Bitunya, not far from the Ofer miitary base, that included stone-throwing. He was not throwing stones when killed. A Border Police officer is currently on trial for the killing of another teenager, Nadim Siyam Ahmad Nawarah, at the same protest. 

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Investigation status: On 18 May 2014 B’Tselem wrote to the MAG Corps, demanding an MPIU investigation. On 13 July 2014 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was being jointly investigated by the Israel Police, Investigation Unit of the Judaea and Samaria District Police, and the MPIU. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the investigative case against an IDF solider involved in the incident is under review by a military prosecutor.

2 June 2014 - 'Alaa Muhammad 'Awad 'Odeh

30, of Huwara, Nablus District. Shot to death by soldiers and Border Police officers at Za'tara Checkpoint after he fired a handgun at them, injuring a Border Police officer.

Investigation status: On 18 June 2014 B’Tselem wrote to the MAG Corps, demanding a criminal investigation of the circumstances. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was closed on 25 May 2015 “after finding that the troops’ gunfire was aimed at a terrorist who pulled a gun and fired at them, injuring a Border Police officer”.

16 June 2014 - Ahmad 'Arafat Hussni Samad'ah

20, of al-Jalazun Refugee Camp, Ramallah District. Shot by soldiers in clashes that began in al-Jalazun R.C. after troops entered the camp during Operation Brother's Keeper. The military says he took part in stone-throwing.

Investigation status: On 13 July 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

20 June 2014 - Muhammad Jihad Muhammad Dudin

15, of Dura, Hebron District. Shot by soldiers in clashes that broke out in Dura after troops entered the town during Operation Brother's Keeper.

Investigation status: On 13 July 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent for further investigation.

20 June 2014 - Mustafa Hussni Taher Aslan

23, of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds District. Shot in the head by soldiers who entered Qalandiya R.C during Operation Brother's Keeper, while he was on the roof of his house. Died of his wounds on 25 June 2014. The IDF Spokesperson said that during the incident an improvised grenade was lobbed at a soldier, who was lightly wounded.

Investigation status: On 13 July 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

14 July 2014 - Munir Ahmad Hamdan al-Badarin

18, of a-Samu', Hebron District. Shot by soldiers concealed in ambush while he and others were throwing stones at Route 317.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

21 July 2014 - 'Alaa Jihad Ahmad a-Sghayer

20, of Idhna, Hebron District. Wounded in the abdomen by soldiers’ gunfire after he fired firecrackers at them during a demonstration protesting the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge. Died of his wounds on 29 July 2014.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a limited investigation had been launched.On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

21 July 2014 - Mahmoud Hatem Mahmoud Shawamreh

26, of a-Ram, al-Quds District. Shot in the abdomen by soldiers after he threw Molotov cocktail at a military jeep in a-Ram.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

22 July 2014 - Mahmoud Saleh ‘Ali Hamamreh

29, of Husan, Bethlehem District. Shot in the chest by soldiers when he stepped out of his grocery shop to observe the clashes underway at the village. Died of his wounds on 23 July 2014, shortly after reaching hospital.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

24 July 2014 - Muhammad Ziad ‘Abd al-Fatah A'araj

17, of Qalandiya, al-Quds District. Shot in the head, arm and leg by security forces during clashes at a demonstration at Qalandia Checkpoint protesting the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge. According to B’Tselem’s investigation, the deceased neither fired nor was he armed as the IDF Spokesperson alleged. B’Tselem’s investigation indicates there was Palestinian gunfire during the protest, but at a later stage, after A'araj had been killed.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a limited investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been expanded to a full investigation and sent to a military prosecutor for review.

25 July 2014 - 'Abd al-Hamid Ahmad ‘Abd al-Hamid Ibreighith, Sultan Yusef Muhammad a-Shaqadam and Hashem Khader ‘Abed Abu Mariyah

Ibreighith, 38, a-Shaqadam, 30 and Abu Mariyah, 50, of Beit Ummar, Hebron District. Shot by soldiers during clashes with security forces at a demonstration in Beit Ummar protesting the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

25 July 2014 - Nasri Mahmoud Nasri Taqatqah

14, of Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem District. Killed by soldiers’ gunfire during clashes that developed during a demonstration in Beit Fajjar to protest the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

25 July 2014 - 'Eid Rabah ‘Abd al-Qader Fdeilat

28, of al-'Arrub Refugee Camp, Hebron District. Shot in the chest and legs by soldiers who erected a flying roadblock near his home. Shot as he fled the soldiers after he had an altercation with them for keeping his brothers from coming to the iftar meal that breaks the Ramadan fast. The military alleges that he was shot after trying to snatch a soldier’s gun.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

26 July 2014 - Bassem Sati Sadeq Abu a-Rob

18, of Qabatiyah, Jenin District. Shot in the chest by security forces after he threw a Molotov cocktail at them in clashes that developed near the Jalameh Checkpoint during a demonstration to protest the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge.

Investigation status: On 3 August 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a limited investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

1 August 2014 - Tammer Faraj Muhammad Qab

20, of Deir al-Ghusun, Tulkarm District. Shot in the chest by soldiers in clashes that erupted during a demonstration to protest the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge.

Investigation status: On 1 September 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

8 August 2014 - Muhammad Ahmad Yusef Qatri

18, of al-Am'ari R.C, Ramallah District. Shot in the chest by a soldier after he threw stones in clashes that erupted during a protest near the settlement of Psagot against the military’s actions in Operation Protective Edge.

Investigation status: On 1 September 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

10 August 2014 - Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-'Anati

10, of al-Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron District. Shot in the back by a soldier while in the company of other boys and youths who were throwing stones at a military jeep at al-Fawwar R.C. Died of his wounds in hospital.

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Investigation status: On 1 September 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched.

10 September 2014 - 'Issa Khaled ‘Issa Qatri

22, of al-Am'ari Refugee Camp, Ramallah District. Shot in the chest by soldiers who came to al-Am'ari R.C. to make an arrest. He was standing with a group of youths watching the troops’ actions. The military alleges that he was shot when he tried to throw a pipe-bomb at the soldiers.

Investigation status: On 15 September 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

16 October 2014 - Bahaa a-Din Samir Musa Bader

12, of Beit Liqya, Ramallah District. Shot by soldiers in clashes between locals and soldiers that erupted when the latter arrived at the village to subpoena a resident of the village. The IDF Spokesperson stated that the shots were fired after he threw a Molotov cocktail at the troops.

Investigation status: On 27 October 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

24 October 2014 - 'Urwah ‘Abd al-Wahab al-Ghani Khaleq

14, of Silwad, Ramallah District. Shot by soldiers when he tried to throw a Molotov cocktail at a car on Route 60, in Silwad.

Investigation status: On 3 November 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case closed because “the gunfire was carried out in accordance with open-fire regulations”.

11 November 2014 - Muhammad ‘Imad Ahmad Jawabreh

19, of al-'Arrub Refugee Camp, Hebron District. Shot in the chest through the window of his home by soldiers standing on the roof of another home in the camp. The military alleges that the soldiers felt they were in danger when he pointed an improvised gun at them. B’Tselem’s findings ruled out the allegation that he had held a weapon.

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Investigation status: On 25 November 2014, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

16 December 2014 - Mahmoud ‘Abdallah Muhammad Dar 'Udwan

21, of Qalandiya Refugee Camp, al-Quds District. Shot in the head by soldiers from an undercover unit during clashes that erupted in the refugee camp after troops who had entered the camp to make an arrest were discovered. According to the military, Dar ‘Udwan threw an improvised bomb at the troops before he was shot. B’Tselem’s investigation casts doubt on this claim.

Investigation status: On 23 December 2014 B’Tselem demanded that the MAG Corps instruct the MPIU to launch an investigation. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that an investigation would not be launched after the MAG Corps’ examination found that the actions of the IDF forces did not raise reasonable suspicion that a criminal offense had been committed.

29 December 2014 - Imam Jamil Ahmad Dweikat

16, of Beita, Nablus District. Shot in the back by a soldier near Route 505, in the Beita area, where he had apparently gone to throw stones.

Investigation status: On 13 January 2015, the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

14 January 2015 - Ousamah Muhammad 'Ali Jundiyeh

18, of Yatta, Hebron District. Killed by a soldier's gunfire near the Gush Etzion junction. According to media reports, he was shot when fleeing police officers who were staking out car thieves at the supermarket parking lot.

Investigation status: On 11 February 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 January 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation. 

31 January 2015 - Ahmad Ibrahim Jaber Abu al-'Azzah

18, of Burin, Nablus District. Sustained gunshot wound to the head from gunfire soldiers fired from an ambush, while he was throwing a Molotov cocktail at cars on Route 60, near Burin.

Investigation status: On 10 February 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

24 February 2015 - Jihad Shehadeh 'Abdallah al-J'afri

19, of a-Duheisheh R.C., Bethlehem District. Shot by soldiers in the chest in a-Duheisheh R.C., while he was throwing stones from a third-story roof in the course of clashes that erupted when the troops entered the refugee camp to make an arrest.

Investigation status: On 2 March 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case had been sent to a military prosecutor for review.

18 March 2015 - 'Ali Mahmoud 'Abd a-Rahman Safi

20, of al-Jalazun R.C., Ramallah District. Gravely wounded on 18 March 2015 by shots fired by a soldier in the course of a demonstration and clashes in al-Jalazun R.C., near the settlement of Beit El. Died of his injuries on 25 March 2015.

Investigation status: On 1 April 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

8 April 2015 - Muhammad Jasser Ibrahim Karakrah

28, of Sinjil, Ramallah District. According to the IDF Spokesperson, he was shot to death near Sinjil after he stabbed two soldiers, one of whom then shot him.

Investigation status: On 16 April 2014 B’Tselem applied to the MAG Corps demanding that a criminal investigation be launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that is unaware of a letter from B’Tselem in the matter. On 20 July 2015 B’Tselem applied once more to the MAG Corps with regard to investigating the Karakrah case.

10 April 2015 - Ziad 'Omar Musleh 'Awad

28, of Beit Ummar, Hebron District. Shot to death by soldiers who had stationed an ambush in the village of Beit Ummar while a funeral was underway there. Clashes with Israeli security forces, including throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, occurred during the course of the funeral.

Investigation status: On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that on 12 April 2015 it had ordered an investigation.

27 April 2015 - Muhammad Murad Saleh Yihya

19, of al-‘Araqah, Jenin District. Shot and fatally injured by soldiers near an agricultural gate set in the Separation Barrier near al-‘Araqah, a spot he had come to with other young men. Clashes ensued there, between a military patrol and the young men who threw stones at the patrol. Died of his injuries on 28 April 2015.

Investigation status: On 5 May 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that a criminal investigation had been launched. On 15 July 2015 the MAG Corps informed B’Tselem that the case was still under investigation.

* Please note: Islam Hussam Sa’id Tubasi who was killed in Jenin Refugee Camp on 17 September 2013 was removed from this list after the military informed B’Tselem that Tubasi had been killed by police gunfire.

** Please note: Nadim Siyam Ahmad Nawarah who was killed in Bitunya on 15 May 2014 after a Border Police officer was indicted for his killing.

*** Please note: Ahmad Sa'id So'ud Khaled who was killed in Nablus on 22 June 2014 was removed from this list after the military informed B’Tselem that IDF soldiers were not involved in the incident. This seems to indicate that Khaled was killed by police gunfire.