Palestinians are rallying in Gaza to demand the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit after his killing in a West Bank settlement last week.
The protesters said Shalit, a 19-year-old who had served in the Israeli army since 2015, had been killed on Tuesday morning, a day after he was abducted by Israeli forces, as he lay in a military vehicle in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.
The demonstrators called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately release Shalit and to grant a “humanitarian” release, which would guarantee him a fair trial.
“He was killed for what he did, he was killed because of the way he was treated by Israeli soldiers,” said Hanaa Abu-Mansour, 22, one of the protesters.
“We will not accept a normal Israeli soldier killing a child.
We demand his release.”
Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that it would release Shalith, who was killed by a bullet fired by an Israeli soldier in the head, on humanitarian grounds and to facilitate the “reopening of an investigation into the incident”.
The protests come as Israel prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords, which ended the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.