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Israel occupation army denies claim second wounded Palestinian shot dead

AFP , Tuesday 7 Jun 2016
Abdul Fatah al-Sharif funeral
Relatives and friends chant slogans during the funeral of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, a wounded Palestinian assailant who was shot dead by an Israeli soldier in the city of Hebron in March in the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 28, 2016 (Photo: AFP)
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The Israeli occupation army denied on Tuesday that a second Palestinian killed in March was shot dead while already wounded, after claims by a human rights group.

A previous such case has led to widespread controversy and rocked Israeli politics, with the far right defending the soldier involved and the military putting him on trial for manslaughter.

In that case, Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on March 24 while already wounded and apparently incapacitated.

Israeli authorities claim he and another Palestinian had minutes earlier stabbed and moderately wounded a soldier. The second Palestinian was also shot dead.

A widely circulated video showed the soldier, Elor Azaria, shooting Sharif as he posed no apparent danger.

The B'Tselem human rights group, which released the original video showing Azaria shooting Sharif, on Monday alleged that the second man, too, had been shot dead while no longer posing a threat.

"Prior to the killing incident in Hebron for which the Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is facing charges, Ramzi al-Qasrawi was also executed," it said in a statement, citing two named witnesses but without providing any video evidence.

The Israeli army flatly denied the allegations, saying they were "not consistent with the findings of the operational investigation."

"The shooting of the assailant was carried out to remove the threat posed by the assailant when he attacked security forces with a knife," it said.

B'Tselem called on the military to release any video footage it may have of the incident.

The group recently announced it would no longer provide evidence to the military complaints division, accusing it of failing to investigate its crimes.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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