Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed on the Gaza Strip border since late March. AFP / Mohammed ABED
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Israel's military Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of a widely shared video showing a soldier shoot a Palestinian on the Gaza border followed by rejoicing, actions that have added to scrutiny of the army's use of live fire. The video comes at a highly sensitive time for Israel's military, which has faced mounting criticism over its use of live fire on the Gaza Strip border, where 31 Palestinians have been killed since late March as mass protests have led to clashes.Israeli right-wing ministers meanwhile defended the actions of the soldiers in the video, which began to spread widely Monday night.In the video, voices can be heard discussing opening fire on Palestinians on the other side of the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel.For Israelis and Palestinians, the Dec. 22 video was a reminder of another one from March 2016 that showed an Israeli soldier shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant.
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