Hamas fighter killed in Israel strike: Gaza ministry

Force F-15 fighter jet releases flares during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel

Hamas fighter killed in Israel strike: Gaza ministry

A video has emerged of Israeli soldiers celebrating as they shoot an apparently unarmed Palestinian man.

The footage surfaces at a time at a time when Israel's military faces mounting criticism over its use of live fire on the Gaza Strip border and the killing of at least 31 Palestinians protesting there in two mass demonstrations in as many weeks.

An official statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the incident took place during a "violent riot" on 22 December 2017.

A shooter then appears to open fire on one, knocking the person to the ground.

"Wow. What a video! Yes!" Moments later, when one soldier says that he didn't see what happened, a colleague laughs as he says the protester who was shot "flew in the air".

Earlier, al-Qidra had said in a statement that one Palestinian was shot in the leg north of the Gaza Strip, while another was moderately injured by Israeli fire near the eastern border. Never before has a population been denied the basic requirements for survival as a deliberate policy of colonization, occupation and apartheid, but this is what Israel is doing to us, the people of Gaza, today: 2 million people live without a secure supply of water, food, electricity, medicines, with nearly half of them being children under the age of 15.

Avigdor Lieberman said the soldier who videotaped the shooting should be reprimanded, but praised the sniper himself.

But the criticism and defense in the worldwide arena was nothing compared to the debate at home, where parties on the far left have accused the Israeli military of having a "trigger-happy policy" and the government insisting that a domestic or global inquiry into Israel's reactions to "orchestrated violence" is unjustified.

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A video recorded by a soldier of the Israeli occupation forces who stood next to the sniper.

"Some time later I saw some of the young guys carrying him out on a stretcher".

There have been no Israeli casualties. The European Union, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and others have called for an independent investigation into the deaths, which included a journalist.

The Israeli government has said that many of those killed in the protests were militants and that Hamas, which is designated a terrorist organisation by the West, was using the protests as cover to launch attacks along the border. Israel built a fence along that line and uses lethal violence against Palestinians who approach the structure.

Ayman Odeh, a leading Arab legislator in the Israeli parliament, denounced the video, saying it "horrifies the soul". As the shot is taken and the man falls to the floor, the men cheer and celebrate.

Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after a trial that captivated Israel and highlighted deep divisions in public opinion between those who denounce the shooting and others who say it was justified.

Azaria was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison, but his sentence was later reduced to nine months.

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