Army releases clip that purports to show incident in which female Border Police officer killed a 17-yr-old Palestinian.
An IDF Spokesperson video posted online on Monday night reportedly shows the incident last week when a female Border Police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian was posted online on Monday night, potentially shedding some light on the incident.
The video, posted on the IDF Arabic-language’s Facebook by spokesman Avichay Adraeepage, apparently shows Mohammed Al-Salaymeh, 17, attack the soldiers first after speaking to them at the Border Police post next to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
In the subtitled video, which is shot from above the guard station, Al-Salaymeh can be seen walking slowly up to the post and speaking to one of the officers, before appearing to show him his ID. He then slowly walks away, before turning to face an officer behind him, and then quickly placing his right hand against his temple and then striking him hard with his right fist. The two then fall back and begin struggling with one another and tumble off to the right.
At this same time another Palestinian appears to come to try to assist al-Salaymeh, but then flees the scene. Moments later the Border Police officer and Al-Salaymeh separate from one another and “N”, a female Border Police officer shoots him three times.
It is hard to tell in the video if Al-Salaymeh was indeed holding a fake metal gun as the Border Police contend, though he does appear to be holding a shiny object in his right hand in the video.
Al-Salaymeh was celebrating his birthday on December 12th when he died, his family contend that he was heading out to buy a birthday cake and did not pull a fake gun on the soldiers. The day after his death, Palestinians clashed with IDF and Border Patrol officers for hours across the West Bank.
Judea and Samaria spokesman Capt. Barak Raz wrote on his Twitter account, “Last Wednesday night a Palestinian male attacked a Border Policeman at a post in Hebron, pressing this ‘gun’ to his throat.” Raz posted an image taken the black handgun replica used by the attacker.
“Watch security tape and ask yourself how you would react if this was your partner,” Raz added.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.
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