Hebron teen was killed by Israelis minutes after buying cake for his 17th birthday — PCHR

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Today B’tselem posted the above video of Mohammed Salayme moments after he was killed by an Israeli border police officer on Wednesday, December 11. Salayme is not visible in most of the footage. Rather, he appears to be surrounded by soldiers who leave him on the ground without medical attention, as they focus on shooing away a crowd of Palestinians. 

Update from Ahmed Moor: “The man at the end of the video, Abu Awad, is the dead teen’s father. He’s saying ‘this is my son’ while the other guys are trying to get him to stand away from the soldiers.”

Meanwhile, a human rights group’s investigation of the shooting has cast more doubt on the Israeli story that Salayme was brandishing a plastic toy gun when he was killed. This report comes a day after the family of Salayme strongly denied to the press that the 17-year-old had a plastic gun, as we highlighted yesterday. Here’s the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights on the killing:

In an example of excessive use of lethal force, Israeli Occupation Forces positioned in the centre of the Old City of Hebron killed a 17-year-old Palestinian child, Mohammed Ziad Awad al-Salayma, on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. He was killed when an Israeli female soldier from the Border Guard Forces opened fire at him and killed him. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns this crime and believes that it form part of an escalation of Israeli hostilities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to take practical actions to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the oPt and offer immediate protection to Palestinian civilians.

According to the findings of investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 18:30 on Wednesday, 12 December 2012, Mohammed Ziad Awad al-Salayma, 17, was on his way home after buying a cake to celebrate his birthday, which was on the same day. When he arrived at an Israeli checkpoint that is established at the entrance of al-Masharqa neighborhood, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint were detaining a child, who had a plastic pistol. Once al-Salayma reached the checkpoint, an Israeli female soldier fired at him from a close range; as a result, he was hit by three bullets that penetrated his body and killed him immediately. Israeli forces kept his body for over two hours before delivering him to an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). As a precondition for the release of his body, Israeli forces prohibited the burial of al-Salayma in a cemetery close to the limitation zone in al-Sheikh area in the centre of the Old City.

Note: In our report yesterday we passed on the report that Mohammed Salayma was on his way to buying the cake.

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