The father of the 15-year-old boy who was killed today near Israel’s border with Egypt accused the IDF of abandoning his son. However, the IDF stated that military forces were guarding the boy and the other workers when the incident occurred.

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The father of Nimr Abu Omar, the 15-year-old Bedouin boy who was killed today (Tuesday) near the Israeli-Egyptian border, accused the Israeli Defense Ministry and IDF of being responsible for his son’s death. According to the father, the IDF and Israeli Defense Ministry abandoned the workers along the border fence. Today was Omar’s first day at work and he accidently crossed the border into Egypt while performing maintenance work for the ministry. In response, an Egyptian Border Guard officer shot Omar, fatally wounding him. Omar’s father claims that IDF forces were not present at the time of the incident.

“They needed to respond with fire,” said the father. “I’ve worked there and I know the area. When there are works scheduled, IDF forces accompany [the workers]. Why did they abandon the site? […] They arrived only after the gunfire and didn’t respond with fire. Where is the prime minister? Where is the defense minister?” The father said that his son was “a modest, diligent and serious boy.” Despite the father’s claims, the IDF claimed that the workers were guarded by military forces at all times.

As reported earlier by JOL, Omar was a Lakiya resident who was working for a civilian company that was hired by the Israeli Defense Ministry in order to perform maintenance work on the fence.