IDF inquiry: Palestinian double amputee was not killed by IDF fire

According to an IDF inquiry, Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah, a double amputee from Gaza who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces last weekend in Gaza, was not killed as a result of a targeted IDF shooting.
Abu Thurayyah Photo credit: Mohammed Salem/Reuters/Channel 2 News

A week after a disabled Palestinian man was killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF officer says there is no evidence to suggest that the man was killed from IDF fire.

"There's no basis to the false reports claiming that a sniper targeted him intentionally," said Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. "Despite what is being reported on social media and the Palestinian media, after a thorough and comprehensive IDF inquiry, I can say clearly that the inquiry did not reveal any information suggesting that Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah was killed by IDF fire."

Abu Thurayyah, a double amputee, participated in a protest last weekend that quickly escalated into a violent riot. Some protesters threw stones at the Israeli troops and set tires on fire.

On Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein sharply condemned Israel for the killing of Abu Thurayyah, demanded an "independent and impartial investigation" into the incident and blamed it on US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which he called "dangerously provocative."

"The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive," Ra'ad said. "Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible - a truly shocking and wanton act."

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