Killed A Child With A Shot To The Head: Soldier Acquitted By Israeli Court

Wednesday October 31, 2012 04:10 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

An Israeli Court in Lod acquitted, Tuesday, an Israeli soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian child during a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Ni’lin village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah in 2008.

Ahmad Mousa – Funeral, Image Rasha Today

The soldier admitted to firing two rounds of live ammunition at the child, Ahmad Mousa, 10, leading to his death.

The incident took place in July of 2008; the soldier shot the child in the head leading to instant death.

During his court testimony, the soldier said that “not firing back at those who hurl stones at the army is considered weakness; therefore, I opened fire”.

The Judge claimed that “it was not proven that the bullets fired by the soldier led to the death of the child”, despite the fact that she acknowledged that the soldier opened fire using live ammunition while his life was not in danger.

The soldier, identified as Omri Abu, stated that he was in a bulletproof vehicle, but added that “these vehicles protect you to a certain level, and sometimes become useless when the hood is damaged, and the windshield is broken”.

According to Israeli daily, Haaretz, as the unit arrived at the scene, Palestinian youths started hurling stones at the armored jeep, and Abu immediately opened the jeep’s door and fired two rounds of live ammunition, hitting the child in the forehead causing instant death.

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Palestinians pray beside the body of Ahmed Moussa during his funeral in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah July 30, 2008. Israeli soldiers shot dead the Palestinian boy during clashes with stone-throwing protesters on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, hospital officials and witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the military had begun an investigation with the cooperation of Palestinian authorities to determine how the boy was killed. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Ahmad Mousa – Funeral, Image Rasha Today

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