Reports and video appear to show Palestinian teenager Muhammad al-Kasbeh was shot in the back when fleeing.


Muhammad al-Kasbeh, evidence points to being shot in the back whilst fleeing (image FB)

On July 3rd 2015, I reported on the challenging and dangerous journey for Palestinians trying to reach Al Aqsa mosque to pray whether via checkpoint or over the apartheid wall. Such was the case of 17 year old Muhammad al-Kasbeh. Muhammad never reached his destination as he was shot dead by a high ranking Israeli soldier causing outrage among local communities. Reports now show he received three bullets in the back, face and upper side of his torso. Muhammad was the third son within his family to die at the hands of the security services. See following link,

“Occupied Palestine: Mother loses 3rd son shot dead on his way to Al Aqsa mosque”

Investigations carried out after the incident suggest that Col. Yisrael Shomer, Commander of the Binyamin Brigade, shot Muhammad in the back as he was fleeing from them. The Independent states that according to new medical evidence and eyewitness reports,

“17-year-old Muhammad al-Kasbeh was at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah when it is said he began throwing stones at a military vehicle, breaking the windscreen with a rock.

An officer then exited the jeep and shot the teen several times in his upper body. He is also alleged to have kicked Muhammad as he lay on the ground dying before walking away.”

The Israeli defence was that the shooting was justified because the soldiers’ lives were in “danger.” However as Electronic Intifada highlighted human rights group Al-Haq claim that the evidence “indicates that the gunman ‘arbitrarily shot and killed Muhammad, who posed no threat to the Israeli soldiers’ lives at the time of the shooting.”

The case can be read in detail on the following link,

“Israeli colonel killed Palestinian teen as he ran away”

UPDATE 13th July 2015) Video claiming to show Muhammad al Kasabeh shot whilst running away

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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