The forensic video analysis of a series of Israeli airstrikes that killed two Palestinian boys on the roof of a building in Gaza suggests that Israel’s military tampered with its surveillance footage of the attack.
The investigation of the killing of Luai Kahil and Amir al-Nimra, both 14, was carried out by Forensic Architecture and B’Tselem, a human rights group that works documenting Israel’s abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Forensic Architecture created a visual timeline of the strikes that killed the boys, it provides evidence that the video shared on Twitter by the Israeli military changed the sequence of strikes to give the impression that the roof was unoccupied.
Using available visual evidence, including a rooftop selfie taken by the boys, security camera footage of the strikes, witness video of the bodies of the two boys after they had been killed and a cooking video recorded by three children in a nearby kitchen.
Forensic Architecture concluded that the military misleadingly substituted footage of the third missile strike for the first impact, which killed the boys.
According to the investigators using witness testimony, local news footage, and an architectural model of the building, by the time the third strike hit the building, the bodies of the boys had already been evacuated from the roof.
Eyal Weizman, the Israeli founder of Forensic Architecture and the principal investigator of the strike, says that Israel’s own video of the strike proves that the army’s entire concept of “warning strikes” is flawed.
The perception that Israel takes extraordinary measures to warn civilians before bombing begins in Gaza is common among Israelis.