In a post on Facebook, the parents of an Israeli boy whose death at the hands of a Palestinian youth was caught on video have said they were left devastated by the video.
The boy’s parents told the Walla news agency that their son was playing with a toy rifle when it discharged at close range and hit him in the chest.
The IDF has since admitted that it had fired a missile at the toy.
The boy’s father, Rafi, said the video of the shooting went viral on social media.
He said that as the shooting unfolded, he saw the child holding a toy gun and tried to calm him down.
Rafi said that he then heard the boy’s mother scream: “We are going to die, our children are going dead!”
The video of their son’s death went viral and has been shared nearly 40,000 times on Facebook.
“This video has completely shaken us to our core, and this has been the hardest time for us,” Rafi told the news agency.
I’m still reeling from what we just saw, but at least we know that we are not alone. “
We have no idea why this happened, and no one knows what the motive is behind it.
I’m still reeling from what we just saw, but at least we know that we are not alone.
We know that the world is watching, and we know we will not be alone.”
We were in shock, but we knew we were not alone,” Raf said.
The Israeli army, which has a controversial history with Palestinian protesters and settlers, has not commented on the video, but Israeli police chief Roni Alsheich said in a statement that “no one should feel safe in any part of Israel.””
Israel has launched an investigation into the shooting, and the boy has been taken to a military hospital.”
Those who act violently should know that they will not have the chance to escape, and they will be severely punished.”
Israel has launched an investigation into the shooting, and the boy has been taken to a military hospital.