Footage of IDF soldiers carrying a Palestinian man by his arms and legs—not with a stretcher—seconds after he was shot and lying motionless on the ground Monday has been widely shared on the internet. The man later died from his wounds.
Qusai Al-Amour was shot Monday by Border Police after throwing rocks at security forces during riots of Palestinian youths. The 18 year old joined the rioting at the entrance to the Palestinian village of Tekoa, nearby Bethlehem. The IDF has explained that rocks were continually being thrown at the force that evacuated the shot man, endangering them, which is why they chose to remove Al-Amour quickly and not use a stretcher.
In the footage, IDF soldiers are seen running to Al-Amour and then carrying him by his limbs and running back to the military vehicles, some 100 meters away. Al-Amour's body is clearly seen dangling between the soldiers near to the ground and hitting it several times. His head is dangling limply, unsupported, and moving freely with the soldiers' movement. He appears to be unconscious.
Even though Al-Amour was critically wounded at this point, the soldiers did not use a stretcher until they reached their vehicle, where they dragged him onto one after laying him on the ground.
IDF medical personnel treated him, but he died from his wounds shortly thereafter. His corpse was transferred to the Red Crescent, who returned him to his family. His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon in his village, and clashes broke out during it between IDF forces and Palestinians. The widely viewed footage caused public anger due to the way the injured man was transported.