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French court reopens investigation into the death of Mohammed Al-Durra, a Zionist attempt to discredit the original report

Saturday September 22, 2007 12:55 by Nisreen Qumsieh - IMEMC News nisreen at imemc dot org

The French Court of appeal has re-opened an investigation into the death of a Palestinian child in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian boy, Mohammed Al-Durra, 12, died near the Netzarim junction in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada when he was reportedly shot by Israeli forces while taking cover behind his father (the scene became the symbol of Israeli occupation forces brutality).

The event was caught on film by a Palestinian cameraman who worked for French television.

According to Israeli sources, a French judge has ordered the release unedited footage of the shooting in an attempt to renew the investigation into the main facts of the boy's death.

In the immediate aftermath and since the boy's death, many accused the Israeli army of excessive force in the shooting.

The judge issued the order when Israeli forces asked the French television station to release unedited footage of the incident.

According to the same Israeli source, the French court initiated fresh legal proceedings against the French television network and a commentator accusing the channel of falsification.

The video will be viewed by the court on Nov, 14. No decision on the appeal is expected to be taken before February.


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