Israel defence minister says sniper filmed shooting Palestinian 'deserves medal'

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"We have seen dozens of cases where Hamas activists were disguised as medics and journalists".

Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Wednesday at dawn, Azzoun town, east of Qalqilia, and Tal village, southwest of Nablus, in northern West Bank, and abducted four Palestinians.

The PA had argued at the time that its decisions were caused by Hamas collecting government revenues in Gaza without sending them back to the Ramallah-based authority, whereas Hamas has accused the PA of deliberately applying further economic pressure on the impoverished coastal territory, which has been under an Israeli-imposed blockade for almost 11 years.

He said the journalist had been paid by Hamas since 2011 and had used a drone to collect information on Israeli forces along the border.

Israel says it is acting to protect its military infrastructure, its border and its citizens from any breach and to prevent Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, from using the protests as a cover to carry out armed attacks.

Just days after a journalist and at least eight other Palestinians were gunned down by Israeli forces during anti-occupation demonstrations in Gaza, a recent video of an Israeli sniper shooting an unarmed Palestinian man emerged for the first time on social media Monday, providing further evidence that the deliberate killing of civilians "is routine for Israel". On Sunday, the military said two explosive devices were found near Israel's border with Gaza, hours after three Palestinians from Gaza crossed briefly into Israel.

Muammar admitted the conservative culture of Gaza, which is run by Islamist movement Hamas, meant practising parkour was not always easy. Out of that number, 26 were killed during the protests at the Gaza-Israel border. The army says it uses live fire as a last resort, and only on attackers.

It said Tuesday an initial probe shows the video was taken in December during "violent riots".

The Palestinian seems to be near the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel, but does not appear to pose an immediate threat. Other soldiers are heard cursing the man and then cheering when he falls.

"As for the unauthorised filming of an operational event, the distribution of the filmed material and the statements made there, it should be noted that these do not suit the degree of restraint expected of [Israeli] soldiers and will be dealt by commanders accordingly", it said.

The interesting thing from this response, if true, shows that the Israeli military shoots at unarmed protesters and only cares to "investigate" such incidents several months later when embarrassing video surfaces. Last week, officials estimated there were some 30,000 Gazans participating.