Israel army killed elderly woman: Palestinian activists

The activists said the woman, Ghalya Abu Rida, was killed by the Israeli army after one solider helped her drink some water.

Israel army killed elderly woman: Palestinian activists

World Bulletin/News Desk

Palestinian activists on Saturday disseminated a photo on Facebook and Twitter, featuring the body of an elderly Palestinian woman, claiming that she was killed by the Israeli army in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khuzaa.

The activists said the woman, Ghalya Abu Rida, was killed by the Israeli army after one solider helped her drink some water.

The move was made in response to a photo shared by Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee on his Facebook page a day earlier, showing an Israeli army soldier helping an old Palestinian woman drink water.

"A photo is worth a thousand words," Adraee wrote under the photo.

He also claimed that the photo was snapped during operation "Protective Edge", which was the codename Israel used to refer to its latest onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

According to the activists, Abu Rida's family denounced Adraee's claims, saying that the Israeli army spokesman had only mentioned part of the story and omitted the rest.

Palestinian journalist Muthana al-Najjar, who is a resident of the town of Khuzaa, said on Facebook that the photo published by Adraee belonged to Ghalya Abu Rida.

He added that the victim's family had provided him with a photo of the woman and an autopsy report indicating that the Israeli army, which had helped her drink, killed her.

"The woman appearing in this photo was blind and unable to walk," Al-Najjar said.

"She was executed by the Israeli army during the last Israeli war," he added.

On July 7, Israel launched a military offensive on the Gaza Strip that lasted for 51 days with the stated aim of halting rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

By the time the offensive ended on August 26, more than 2,160 Gazans had been killed, mostly civilians, and 11,000 injured.

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