A Palestinian youth killed after throwing rocks
at an Israeli officer's vehicle in the West Bank was shot dead after
fleeing the scene, security camera footage obtained and released by the
human rights group B'Tselem appears to show.
The officer, Binyamin Brigade commander Col. Yisrael Shomer, has been
investigated under caution by Military Police.
Mohammad Kosba, a 17-year-old from the Qalandiyah
refugee camp north of Jerusalem, was shot dead by IDF fire about 10 days
ago after he threw a rock at Shomer's vehicle near the West Bank
village of Al-Ram.
According to the IDF, after stones were thrown at
the vehicle Shomer initiated the IDF-sanctioned procedure to arrest
Kosba, in which it is permissible to shoot at a suspect’s legs.
In the video, soldiers are seen quickly exiting the
jeep after a rock hit it and broke the windshield, but it does not show
that the force continued to come under attack after the first rock hit.
As the soldiers exit the vehicle, Kosba can be seen running in the other
The camera also does not show the shooting itself, but after about 30
seconds, the soldiers are seen returning to the jeep and driving away.
According to B’Tselem, Kosba had fled by this time, and was not a danger
to the soldiers.
Kosba was rushed to the hospital in Ramallah where
he was declared dead. B’Tselem researcher Iyad Hadad, who photographed
Kosba’s body, said the Palestinian had been hit by three bullets, one in
the face and two in the back. There is no indication of gunshot
injuries to Kosba’s legs, as shooting a suspect during the process of an
arrest would have produced.
These pictures, together with the security video,
were handed over to the IDF military police, which is investigating
Kosba’s death. B’Tselem says that the support given to Shomer by
politicians and senior IDF officers raise doubts as to whether the
military can properly investigate the case.
The brief time that elapsed before the soldiers
returned to the jeep, as well as the photos taken by the researcher,
raise questions as to whether the procedure for arresting a suspect had
indeed been followed. B’Tselem says that the soldiers left without
helping the wounded Palestinian and it regards the incident as a breach
of IDF orders that require proper medical assistance be rendered to a
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