Israel probes video appearing to show sniper shooting Palestinian


A Palestinian young man identidied as Abdullah Mohammad Shahri, 28, died of his wounds on Thursday evening after he was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces near the Gaza-Israel border fence, to the east of Khan Younes in southern Gaza Strip, according to medical sources.

Israel has said that Hamas is attempting to use the cloak of peaceful protests to launch terrorist attacks, pointing to incidents of violence along the border, including what it describes as attempts to plant explosives and one shooting incident.

Murtaja was shot dead during demonstrations along the Gaza borderline Friday as part of the "Great March of Return" while wearing a press vest, prompting renewed criticism of Israel's open-fire policy.

Palestinians and rights groups accuse Israel of killing Palestinians at the border when they did not pose an immediate threat.

The General Federation of Arab Journalists appointed on Wednesday a team of lawyers to prosecute Israel in global tribunals, including the worldwide Criminal Court (ICC), following an emergency meeting in the wake of Murtaja's death, official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported on Thursday.

It said the bomb was planted at the frontier under cover of mass Gaza protests in the area.

"We have reached a level of insanity and delusion", Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Israeli radio.

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At least 32 Palestinians have been martyred since the anti-occupation protests began.

Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that a well-known Gaza journalist who was killed by Israeli gunfire over the weekend was a member of Hamas, an allegation denied by the Islamic militant group and the journalist's family.

In the footage of the incident, voices can be heard discussing opening fire on Palestinians walking on the other side of the border fence. There have been no Israeli casualties.

Calls for an independent investigation into the massacre were blocked by the U.S. veto in the UN Security Council.

Abu Daqqa said the video showed the Israelis were "terrorists".

"It doesn't lead me to shed a tear for his fate", Plesner said of Murtaja's alleged Hamas ties. Moments later, when one soldier says that he didn't see what happened, a colleague laughs as he says the protester who was shot "flew in the air".