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Grieving Palestinian father of shot girl says guard went too far

AFP , Sunday 24 Jan 2016
Roqaya Abu-Eid (AFP)
Palestinian security forces carry the body of Roqaya Abu-Eid, a Palestinian teenager who was shot dead following a stabbing attack, as mourners wave national and Fatah party flags during her funeral on January 24, 2016 (AFP)
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The father of a 13-year-old Palestinian girl shot dead by an Israeli security guard after allegedly trying to stab him accused the man on Sunday of acting with disproportionate force.

Roqaya Abu-Eid left her occupied West Bank village of Anata northeast of Jerusalem on Saturday and went to the gate of the nearby Israeli illegal settlement of Anatot.

Police said she had been feeling suicidal after a fight with her family, and her father, who had been searching for her, arrived too late at the scene of the attack.

He was released after questioning and was among the hundreds who attended her funeral on Sunday in Yatta, the southern Hebron hills village from where the family originated.

"She was a little girl. There's no reason in the world for her to be shot and killed," her father Eid Abu-Eid told AFP after the funeral.

"The person who shot her could have apprehended her or shot her in the leg -- he didn't have to kill her," he said by telephone.

"It was as though he issued her a death sentence."

Rights groups have called on Israel to stop using lethal force against attackers, and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has accused the Israelli state of carrying out extrajudicial executions.

Asked if he would seek legal redress, Abu-Eid said he had "turned to God" instead, since he trusted no court, Israeli or any other.

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