The autopsy conducted on the body of Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif, on Sunday, confirmed that the 21-year-old Palestinian was still alive before a bullet, fired at his head at point-blank range by an Israeli soldier, killed him, according to a statement from the Palestinian Prisoners Society.
Palestinian doctor Rayan al-Ali, who attended al-Sharif’s autopsy, said: â€śThe results of the autopsy were expected. What the whole world saw on the video that documented the shooting was more than enough, but the autopsy results assured it.â€ť
He added, in his statement, according to Ma’an, that he would hold a press conference on Monday to give further details about the results of the autopsy, which took place at the Israeli Institute for Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir, near Tel Aviv.
A court order by the Israeli Supreme Court, Thursday, denied an appeal to allow a Palestinian doctor to partake in the autopsy itself.
The court later granted permission for al-Ali to merely attend and take notes for the autopsy report of al-Sharif, whose killing by an Israeli soldier on March 24 has been branded by the UN as an â€śextrajudicial execution.â€ť
Al-Sharif was among the more than 200 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.
The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals — predominantly on Israeli military targets — which have left nearly 30 Israelis dead, with the majority of suspected or alleged Palestinian attackers shot dead on site.