Saturday, December 26, 2015

Naked, mentally disabled Gazan gets shot by Egyptian security (video) (update)

A troubled 27-year old Gazan named Ishaq Hassan went to the beach on the Rafah border with Egypt, took off his clothes and waded to Egyptian territory.

Where he was promptly shot, and apparently killed.

The video was shown on Al Jazeera and is causing a minor uproar, with Hamas' interior minister demanding an explanation from Egyptian authorities as to why they shot someone who was clearly not armed in broad daylight.

UPDATE: From Arutz-7:
The family of Avraham (Avera) Mengistu, a mentally ill Israeli who crossed into Gaza back in September 2014 and has been held by Hamas ever since, condemned the terrorist group for its hypocrisy on Saturday.

The criticism comes after Hamas issued harsh criticism against the Egyptian military, which was caught on camera gunning down a naked mentally ill Gazan man who waded into the sea and crossed into Egyptian territory earlier in the day.

"It is infuriating and shocking that the terrorist organization that is holding a mentally ill man, instead of returning him home as expected, dares to cry that 'this is an act worthy of condemnation and opposes the laws and humanitarian agreements,' and demands to put those responsible on trial," said Mengistu's family in a statement on Saturday night.

"This is the worst kind of hypocrisy."

Mengistu's family noted he has been held for a full year and three months by Hamas, after crossing into Gaza under the same circumstances of mental illness as the Gazan man who entered Egyptian territory on Saturday.

"Instead of returning Avera to his family as expected from any person or governmental body, Hamas holds him in their hands and is not prepared to give any information on his condition," added the family.

"Holding Avera Mengistu in Gaza also opposes the laws and humanitarian agreements, and those holding Avera also need to be put on trial."
(h/t Petra)

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