Palestinian Amputee Martyrdom by IOF Provokes Uproar on Social Media
At least 150 Palestinian protesters were injured during clashes with "Israeli" forces near Gaza City on December 15, in response to an earlier decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the "Israeli" entity's capital.
29-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a wheelchair-bound Palestinian man with no legs, was martyred by "Israeli" troops during Friday's Gaza protests against President Trump's previous declaration on al-Quds.
His martyrdom immediately caused an international outcry, with al-Quds-based journalist Nasser Atta writing on his Twitter page that the martyrdom of Abu Thuraya may result in the third intifada. Thuraya lost his legs during the entity's Operation Cast Lead in 2008.
Social media users expressed outrage at Thuraya's martyrdom and squarely pointed the finger at the "Israeli" troops. According to them, Thuraya was not carrying any weapons and did not pose a threat.
Ahead of Gaza protests, Thuraya reportedly said that "this land is our land."
"We are not going to give up. America has to withdraw the declaration it has made," he underscored.
"Israeli" Occupation Force [IOF] officials, for their part, said that they are investigating the martyrdom of Thuraya, who was shot and killed after an "Israeli" officer alleged that Thuraya was wearing "what appeared to be a suicide belt," the "Israeli" "Times of Israel" newspaper reported.
Earlier, the "Israeli" military said in a statement that "during the violent riots, IOF soldiers fired selectively at the main instigators."
About 2,500 Palestinians took part in the riots, during which they threw firebombs and rocks at soldiers and border police, who had to retaliate, according to the "Israeli" military.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team