Graphic Video Shows Sniper Shooting a Relief Worker on a Gaza Street

"If you move they’re going to kill us."

July 21 2014

The man was perhaps in his early twenties, laboring with yellow-vested relief workers in the rubble of Shujaiyeh to cart out survivors on gurneys and find his family and friends. He was shot, and he fell. The shots kept coming. In a conflict marked by horrific images, this may be the worst yet.

The cellphone video of his apparent death on Sunday, first reported by VICE, was uploaded by the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestine activist group, which put out a blog post on the incident:

The Israeli military just shot a Gazan man trying to reach his family, during an announced ceasefire. He was with a group of municipality workers and international human rights defenders who were attempting to retrieve injured people in the Shajiya neighbourhood.

"We all just watched a man murdered in front of us. He was trying to reach his family in Shajiya, he had not heard from them and was worried about them. They shot him, and then continued to fire as he was on the ground. We had no choice but to retreat. We couldn’t reach him due to the artillery fire and then he stopped moving." Stated Joe Catron, U.S. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in Gaza. "Shajiya is a smoking wasteland. We just passed two bombed out ambulances."

In a series of photos taken by Catron, the unnamed man could be seen leading the group’s workers through the streets of Shujaiyeh, which has seen the heaviest violence yet in Israel’s Gaza offensive.

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