Eyewitnesses to the killing of 27-year-old Mustafa Nimir — shot dead early Monday morning when Israeli forces showered the vehicle he was travelling in with live fire — have denied the Israeli police’s narrative that claimed Mustafa and the driver of the vehicle were attempting a car ramming attack.
Israeli forces also shot and injured the driver, Ali Tayser Nimir, Mustafa’s 25-year-old brother-in-law. His condition was initially reported as moderate and he was evacuated by Israeli ambulances to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. A spokesperson for the hospital told Ma’an they were looking into his medical condition.
The two came under live fire while driving near clashes that erupted between local youth and Israeli soldiers during a military raid in Shufat refugee camp.
Mustafa Nimir’s grieving mother told Ma’an hours after her son was killed that on Sunday evening, Mustafa and Ali left the house in Shufat refugee camp, located just north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, to visit Mustafa’s big brother.
“Mustafa called me at midnight to tell me that he and Ali were still at his brother’s house.”
Hours later, at 4 a.m. on Monday, Mustafa was killed. His mother was shocked by the news. “(When I spoke to Mustafa on the phone), he said they were bringing us food and new clothes for Ali’s daughter,” she told Ma’an, rejecting the claim that the two were planning a car ramming attack on Israeli soldiers.
She called the Israeli police narrative “an excuse to justify killing Palestinians