Ibrahim Abu Thuraya

December 15, 2017: Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, was shot by an Israeli soldier with a live round in the head, near the eastern border of Gaza city.

Ibrahim was an amputee, who lost both of his legs in 2008, when an Israeli army helicopter fired a missile at him after he removed the Israeli flag and replaced it with the Palestinian flag, on the border fence. Just before he was killed on Friday, Ibrahim had climbed a tower and placed the Palestinian flag – climbing with just his arms, since both his legs have been gone since 2008. Shortly after he climbed back down from the tower to his wheelchair, he was shot and killed.

On the day of this killing, thousands of Palestinian marched in several parts of the of the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, especially in Palestinian lands close to the border fence, before Israeli soldiers started firing dozens of live rounds at them, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.

Three other Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces this day. Palestinian hospitals provided treatment to at least 367 persons in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 103 Palestinians were shot in the West Bank; two of them suffered life-threatening wounds and remain in critical conditions.

264 Palestinians were injured in the Gaza Strip; five of them suffered life-threatening wounds, 1000, who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to cuts and bruises.

 

Ibrahim was from al-Boreij refugee camp, central Gaza. Source: IMEMC