Investigators: Israel didn't kill Gaza paraplegic

Protesting Gazan paraplegic wanted to become a martyr but was not killed by Israeli soldiers, military investigation finds.

JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff,

Anti-Israel protests in Gaza (illustrative)
Anti-Israel protests in Gaza (illustrative)
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An Israeli military investigation determined that a Palestinian paraplegic was not killed by Israel Defense Forces troops attempting to quell a riot near the Gaza border fence.

Gazan health officials said Ibrahim Abu Toriya, 29, was shot in the head while demonstrating in Gaza in December, during protests against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Toriya claimed he lost his legs in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza in 2008.

The investigation revealed that Israeli snipers stopped firing at the riot at least an hour before Gazans say the double amputee, who used a wheelchair, was killed, Ynet reported.

About 1,000 Gazans participated in the violent riot near the fence on Dec. 15, 2017. Some threw stones at the fence and hurled Molotov cocktails as well as a pipe bomb.

According to the investigation, Ynet reported, Toriya, a regular at such protests, visited his family the night before he was killed and apologized that he would be becoming a shahid, or martyr.

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