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Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus

Senin 17 Nov 2014 17:54 WIB

Red: Yeyen Rostiyani

Maaleh Adumim in the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem (file)

Maaleh Adumim in the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem (file)

Foto: AP/Sebastian Scheiner

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle on Monday, an incident Israeli police described as a suicide but which the driver's family said they believed was an attack.

The driver, 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni, was found dead at the start of the route he was supposed to have driven late on Sunday, in an area of Jerusalem close to Jewish settlements and Palestinian neighborhoods.

Israeli police said the evidence suggested al-Ramouni had committed suicide, but rumors quickly spread in the Palestinian media that he had been killed by Jewish assailants, fuelling tension and violence in the divided city.

"The bus driver committed suicide, there is no other indication other than it was a suicide case," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

However, al-Ramouni's brother, Louy, told Reuters there was no way his brother, the father of two young children, would have killed himself and said there were marks on his body that suggested he had been killed.

"I saw the body last night and I saw bruises and marks that he was beaten up," he said.

"There were marks of fingers on the body and also on his back there was a bruise as if he was hit by a hard object. ... Youssef cannot commit suicide, it is not possible, he is leading a good and happy life with his wife and his family," he added.

Israeli police said an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death. Al-Ramouni's family has requested that a Palestinian pathologist be present, but it was not clear if that would be allowed. The death comes at a time of heightened tension across Israel, the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, where there have been almost daily clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in the predominantly Arab, eastern side of the city.

sumber : reuters
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