Video Shows Israeli Snipers Cheering As Shot Hits Palestinian Protester
The Israeli military said on Monday that it was investigating a video that appears to show an Israeli army sniper shooting a motionless Palestinian across the border in Gaza, to whoops of excitement from the onlooker.
Israeli television channels broadcast the clip at the start of their primetime evening news bulletins - with one host describing it as “disturbing” - after it circulated widely on social networks.
Its release comes after more than a week of daily protests by Palestinians at the Gaza-Israel border in which 30 Gazans have been shot dead.
However, the Israeli military said that the clip might have been filmed months ago.
The amateur-style video focuses through a lens or viewfinder on a person in the distance, beyond a wire fence, standing still and alone. A gun fires and the person falls to the ground.
“Wow, what a video. Yes! Son of a bitch! What a video. Here, run to evacuate him,” a voice says in Hebrew as people are seen running toward the person.
In a tweeted statement, the military said: “With regard to the video of the soldiers at the Gaza Strip border - it was probably an event that occurred a number of months ago. The event will be investigated and examined thoroughly.”
This story "Video Shows Israeli Snipers Cheering As Shot Hits Palestinian Protester" was written by Ari Rabinovitch and Stephen Farrell.