Azbarka, 27, was killed after crashing into a bus stop driving what turned out to be a stolen vehicle. Soldiers said that due to the crash's impact they thought it was a terrorist attack, prompting them to shoot at the suspected terrorist.
"Iyad was shot with six bullets," said Musa Azbarka, the deceased's uncle. "Two of them hit his head."
Iyad's uncle further claimed that the family—all "law-abiding academics", he claimed—was not presented with any proof to corroborate the soldiers' claims.
"We don't even know whether the vehicle was truly stolen. He didn't even have a driver's license. Why didn't they shoot him in the leg if he posed no risk? And supposing he did steal a car, should all car thieves be killed?" he accused.
"Iyad opened a clothing store in Tayibe and was planning to marry soon," his uncle added, clarifying that the "family intends to sue the state until all of the soldiers are prosecuted."
He concluded by saying his nephew did not receive medical attention on the scene, but was "simply left there to die."
IDF: Inquiry into incident underway
The incident took place Tuesday morning, when Azbarka crashed into a bus stop in a car suspected to be stolen due to having Israeli license plates. He was blocked by the concrete poles surrounding the bus stop, which are intended to protect Israelis from attempted car attacks.
The combat soldiers from the Kfir Brigade present at the scene who shot Azbarka said in an initial inquiry that they felt their lives were in danger and that the accident was a terror attack, saying they only later discovered the incident's criminal undertones.
Nevertheless, the reason for the soldiers shooting Azbarka after he disembarked from the vehicle and began attempting to flee the scene will be questioned.
The IDF said that, "A stolen vehicle was pursued, ending with the driver ramming a bus stop, leaving the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Soldiers standing nearby noticed the suspect and fired at him. The driver received medical attention on-site and later succumbed to his wounds. The incident is being questioned."