Video shows Palestinian youth fleeing before being shot

Human rights group accuses Israeli officer of shooting unarmed teenager in the back near checkpoint in the West Bank.

    Witnesses said Israeli soldiers did not call for medical help after the shooting [AFP]
    Witnesses said Israeli soldiers did not call for medical help after the shooting [AFP]

    • Footage shows Palestinian teenager fleeing Israeli soldiers
    • Army officials had said shooter had reacted to 'mortal threat'
    • Witnesses say soldiers did not call for help after shooting

    An Israeli human rights group has released footage it says proves that an Israeli soldier shot and killed a fleeing unarmed Palestinian teenager in the back. 

    Head to Head - Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?

    The video published by B'Tselem on Sunday evening appears to show 17-year-old Muhammad Ali-Kosba thowing a stone at an Israeli army jeep, which then stops. Three soldiers appear from the vehicle and pursue the teenager returning after shooting him.

    The killing occurs outside the field of view of the camera, but witnesses say Colonel Yisrael Shomer shot Kosba from about 10 metres away, then approached the youth gently kicking the youth with his leg and returning to his jeep instead of calling for medical help.

    Kosba was taken to hospital in a private car and later was transfered to an ambulance but died before he reached Ramallah hospital.

    Shortly after the killing, the Israeli army's Major General Roni Numa confirmed the shooting took place but said he "fully backed the brigade commander and the way he handled the incident," further describing Kosba as posing a mortal threat.

    Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett also gave Shomer his support, calling the dead teenager a terrorist.

    Since the video was released by B'Tselem, Shomer has been questioned under caution by Israeli military investigators , according to a report by the Times of Israel.

    According to B'Tselem ten Palestinians, including Kosba, have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank so far in 2015. The majority of those killed were teenagers, and the eldest was 28.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.