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GAZA: Family who saw son shot on Youtube retrieve body

Family who saw son shot on Youtube retrieve body

July 28, 2014

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) has now published all the raw footage of an Israeli sniper killing Salem Shammaly after he was wounded on July 20th. The short edited version that was released six days ago, has now received over two million views on Youtube.

Yesterday during the ceasefire, Salem’s body was finally able to be recovered and buried after five days. Salem’s cousin, Mohammed Al-Qattawi, explained that Salem’s body was so badly decomposed that his mothers, sisters, and friends couldn’t bare to see him, to say goodbye.

Salem's sister Shireen told ISM that, "Salem was a young man in the prime of his youth. He had dreamt to live his life like any other at his age. He was handsome and affectionate and could never hide what was in his heart. He has been waiting to grow up and to marry and have a family. We were waiting for him to grow up in order to assist our sick father and to support our family. He did not like politics at all. He was only in interested in his family and football."

The first cemetery the family went to was full to capacity. The second cemetery was able to help them, but they were forced to open an already used grave, to place Salem in. In the last 20 days, over 1,058 Palestinians have been killed.

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