Rights group demands for justice after Israeli killing caught on video
March 30, Baghdad: Hebron-based rights group has demanded that Israel holds its army accountable for the killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli soldier that was caught on camera.
A video of the incident showed the soldier step forward and shoot 21-year-old Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif in the head at close range earlier this month, according to media reports.
Outrage grew in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday after Israel's military court called evidence against the soldier "inconclusive", even as the UN said it was an apparent extra-judicial execution.
Fattah and another Palestinian were accused of stabbing an Israeli soldier in Hebron.
During the incident Fattah was shot and wounded, while his partner Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi was killed instantly.
As Fattah was laying on the ground, the soldier was captured on camera raising his firearm and shooting him in the head, killing him, AL Jazeera reported.
The Israeli army had arrested the soldier but Lieutenant Colonel Ronen Shor, the judge, said on Tuesday there is "reasonable doubt" about the circumstances of the shooting "given the complexity of the events" surrounding a stabbing incident and the killing that followed.
Shor also ruled the soldier will be held in custody for two more days. Prosecutors earlier said the shooting was "intentional" and asked the court to extend the soldier's detention until April 7 while the investigation is ongoing.
The Oslo Times