Israeli ministers defend soldiers filmed cheering as sniper shoots Palestinian in Gaza

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said the video was from December 22, 2017 and not from the recent wave of protests in Gaza, in which Israeli forces have killed 31 Palestinians since the end of March.

A spokesman said the Palestinian man who was shot was one of the leaders of “a violent riot” on the Gaza border and that troops fired on him only after trying to disperse protesters with tear gas and warning shots. 

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