Thursday 17 January 2019

Israel military denies they killed disabled Palestinian

The Israeli military says it will further investigate the death of a disabled Palestinian, who was killed in clashes over Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The December death of Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was denounced by the Palestinians and decried by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who said the 29-year-old amputee and wheelchair user was shot in the head by Israeli troops close to the Gaza-Israel border fence.


The Israeli military said its own operational investigation, carried out shortly after the incident, had found that it was not possible to say what had killed Abu Thurayeh. It said no live fire had been directed at him during the dispersal of the demonstration, in which protesters hurled explosive devices and rocks and set tires alight.


"In order to further examine the case, including information received from organizations operating in the Gaza Strip, it was decided that the circumstances of Thurayeh's death will also be examined by a Military Police investigation," the army said in a statement on Thursday.


Abu Thurayeh was a regular at such demonstrations. In media interviews, he had said he had lost both his legs in a 2008 Israeli missile strike in Gaza.

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