Palestinians explain why they are risking their lives by joining Gaza protests

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, insisted that the man who was shot had been killed, without identifying him.

Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers. The grant had been approved, the official said, raising questions about how an affiliation with Hamas' military wing would not have been flagged if Murtaja was known to Israeli intelligence.

Israeli forces have killed at least 32 Palestinians and injured more than 1,000 over the past week.

Israel pledged disciplinary action on April 10 over a soldier's leaked video showing an army sniper targeting a Palestinian across the Gaza border fence to profane praise from an onlooker, but deemed the shooting itself to have been exemplary.

Israel's military says soldiers heard in video footage cheering as a Palestinian is shot during Gaza border clashes will be disciplined.

"His use of the drone was to show that Gaza has a attractive and vibrant face", said his 24-year-old brother, Mutasim.

Following last Friday's violent confrontations between Gazans and Israeli security forces along the Gaza border, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman was hesitant and unwilling to accept claims that Yasser Murtaja, who was among those killed, was simply a well-known media correspondent. Despite Israel sending tons of goods into the Strip on a daily basis - food, medicine, building material among other things - the population of Gaza is suffering extreme hardship.

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Lieberman accused Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, of using the media, as well as ambulances and medical patients, as cover to carry out attacks.

"This video may be from months ago, Israel is claiming, which does not in any way make it less horrifying", Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electric Intifada, wrote on Twitter Monday.

Health officials in Gaza said they had no information about the man shot in the video and that his identity was unknown to them.

The statement said the footage was not filmed by the Israeli sharpshooter but by a soldier from a different unit.

Hamas, meanwhile, has evoked Martin Luther King Jr.in its public statements as it gives full backing to the demonstrations in the blockaded enclave, which have drawn tens of thousands of Palestinians.

After a one-day investigation of the incident, the military said in a statement released on Tuesday that "it should be noted that these do not suit the degree of restraint expected of Israel Defense Forces soldiers and will be dealt by commanders accordingly". "It was captured during the events of the past two weeks".

The video, apparently taken from a sniper position, appears to show a soldier shooting a Palestinian near the fence. Last week, officials estimated there were some 30,000 Gazans participating.

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