Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem released security camera footage on Tuesday that it said proved Israeli forces were not under threat when they shot and killed a mentally challenged Palestinian in the occupied West Bank earlier this month.
Mohammed Ihbali, 22, was shot in the head and killed on 4 December during an overnight army raid in the Palestinian city of Tulkarem. Earlier in the night, several young Palestinians had thrown stones at the soldiers, who shot rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas towards Palestinians.
While previously shared footage showed that Ihbali had his back turned to Israeli forces when he was shot, the new security camera videos confirmed that no clashes were ongoing at the time of Ihbali’s death.
“The soldiers are seen walking unhurriedly, the Palestinians are seen talking amongst themselves, and then the soldiers fatally shoot [Ihbali] in the head from a considerable distance,” B’Tselem wrote in a statement accompanying the video.