The family of slain the Palestinian man, who was shot and killed by Israeli military fire, late on Monday [June 2, 2014], denied and strongly condemned Israeli allegations that he was armed and fired at the soldiers before he was gunned down.The victim, ‘Ala Mohammad Odeh, 30 years of age, is a married father of two children. He was shot at the Za’tara roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The army claimed Odeh shot an Israeli soldier, wounding him in the leg, before the soldiers shot him dead.
His family said that Odeh went to the roadblock to receive a shipment of cellphones for his store, and that he decided to cross the roadblock on foot to save time as the roadblock was jammed.
He then asked the taxi driver, who transported him, to wait near the roadblock, and tried to cross it on foot, the Ma’an News Agency has reported.
The army withheld Odeh’s body, and said they would hand it over to the family later on.