On 31 October 2013, Ahmad Tazaz’ah, 20, was killed in a market near Qabatiya, in the occupied Palestinian northern West Bank. According to B’Tselem’s inquiry, Tazaz’ah was killed by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers, and not in intra-Palestinian violence.
According to the investigation, Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli troops returning from an arrest operation in Qabatiya. The troops stopped near the market and responded with crowd control weapons and live fire. Tazaz’ah was hit by a live round in the chest. B’Tselem’s inquiry shows the soldiers were not in any real danger, raising a grave suspicion they breached open-fire regulations. B’Tselem conveyed its findings to the army, which announced the opening of a “limited investigation,” in light of the suspicions regarding the involvement of Israeli soldiers in the incident.