Israel probes video appearing to show sniper shooting Palestinian

Improvised explosives that the army says were planted along the Gaza security fence by three Palestinian infiltrators

Israel probes video appearing to show sniper shooting Palestinian

Israel has faced mounting criticism for shooting dozens of Palestinian, many fatally, during clashes at protests along the border in the past two weeks.

Israel has repeatedly perpetuated the narrative that the massive demonstrations - which were organized by grassroots organizations and local activists as a nonviolent protest - were organized by the Hamas movement, and that the protests were being used as to "camouflage terror".

Murtaja's funeral was attended by Hamas's leader Ismail Haniya. It also has suggested that it may attempt a mass border breach. Israel says it has only fired at "instigators" trying to carry out attacks. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs. Among the others killed were Palestinian gunmen who had attempted to cross into Israel and two militants killed by Israeli forces. "Are you [trained] on him?"

Israel's Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman rejected the calls, instead saying "from the standpoint of the [Israeli Defence Force] soldiers, they did what had to be done".

Israel has said it has the right to defend its sovereign border, amid mounting global expressions of concern about the escalation of the past 10 days.

The circumstances of the shooting are unclear.

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The Israeli Defence Force since confirmed the authenticity of the footage, which it says was filmed on December 22, and has pledged disciplinary action over its leaking. On Monday, the IDF said the incident "will be thoroughly investigated and examined". But in an apparent reference to Gaza's Hamas rulers, she also said "the use of civilian presence for the goal of shielding military activities" could also be a war crime.

Haniyeh, the Hamas chief, said protests would continue.

The video, which according to the Israeli army is authentic and shows an incident from a few months ago, corroborates claims made by Palestinians and human rights groups that the Israeli army opens fire on Palestinian civilians who do not pose any kind of threat.

On that day, Palestinians marched to the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories at the start of a six-week protest, dubbed "The Great March of Return", demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

Hamas, which is considered a terrorist group by Israel and its Western allies, has controlled Gaza since ousting forces of internationally recognized President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. Hamas has fought three cross-border wars with Israel, and its political charter calls for Israel's destruction.

In the video, which was widely shared on Twitter and WhatsApp messaging application Monday, the troops can be heard talking about the target and how to shoot him, as the sniper trains his rifle on the Palestinian, who does not appear to be armed and is several meters away from Gaza's fence.

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