in Hebron’s al-Fawwar refugee camp, was not taken part in clashes at the time he was killed as was initially reported by media. According to field research conducted by B’Tselem, Abu Hashhash, who was initially reported as being 17-years-old, and other youths in the camp had climbed to the roof of a building and threw stones at soldiers who had also taken position on rooftops in the camp, something commonly seen during raids on Palestinian communities. B’Tselem reported that the youths continued periodically to climb to the roof and throw stones throughout the day.
Some ten Israeli soldiers entered the home of Bajes al-Hamuz nearby Abu Hashhash’s home at around noon, and proceeded to close the family in the bedroom as they ransacked their home. According to al-Hamuz, when the soldiers left their home some eight hours later, the family found a hole carved into the wall of their guestroom. During the raid on the home of al-Hamuz, witnesses told B’Tselem that a sniper was positioned at the hole in the family’s guestroom located some 30 to 40 meters away from Abu Hashhash’s family home.
Ayad told B’tselem he heard a sound that sounded like “a shot fired through a silencer.”
“I ran over to him. He tried to get up but fell immediately. I tried to help him, to resuscitate him. It looked like he was badly hurt because he stopped moving and wasn’t breathing,” Ayad said to a field researcher from B’Tselem. “Some first aid volunteers who were in the area put him on a stretcher and carried him to the main road. A few minutes later, I found out he had died.” Hashhash was killed by live fire, as the Israeli sniper shot him in his back, and the bullet exited through his chest right above his heart. The live fire that killed Hashhash was a “Ruger” bullet (0.22 caliber), considered less deadly than a normal bullet but has led to the death and injury of scores of Palestinians. “I don’t know what made the sniper shoot the guy. It was quiet when he was hit, and for ten minutes before that,” Ayad continued in the report. “While I was standing in my doorway, I didn’t see any of the guys near me throw stones at Bajes al-Hamuz’ house, where the soldiers were. None of them even tried to cross the street because of the sniper.”