The Israeli Police stated on Monday evening that the Israeli man who was found dead between the villages of Kibya and Shukba, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, died of a work accident and was not murdered. Initial Israeli reports estimated that the man, named as 55-year-old Oded Laniado by Israeli media sources, was stabbed with a knife in his neck. However, following a police probe it was determined that he was accidentally hit by a cable apparently used for towing vehicles.
His body was found near his van, and the door was wide opened while the engine was still running. He worked at a junkyard.
A police investigation found out that the man was attempting to drag an iron bar when the cable he used was cut off and hit him in the neck, causing a slit in his throat.
Man believed to be Israeli found dead near Ramallah
Ghassan Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies. Feb 19, 15:59
Israeli sources reported that a body of a man who is believed to be Israeli was found near the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday afternoon.
The Israeli police started a search after receiving a report of a body seen north-west of Ramallah, between the villages of Kibya and Shukba.
Acoudingto the Israeli police reports "the body was found sprawled at the roadside with a slit throat". A truck with an Israeli registration plate was parked next to the body with the engine still running and a door open.
It is believed that the murder was committed a few hours before the body was found, an Israeli online daily reported. The daily added that no identification documents were found on the body. Israeli Police are still investigating to determine whether the incident is politically motivated or not.