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The incredible moving militant?

Some "militants" from the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade were apparently shot dead by the Israeli Army yesterday. Immediately following their deaths, their bodies were turned into a macabre display by the Pallywoodians and their eager supporters in the press. Check out these two photos:—In the first photo (on the left), only one body is visible, laying in a pool of, presumably, his own blood. In the second photo (on the right), the "relatives and neighbors" who "care so deeply" about these two "militants" have moved a second body into the scene, to provide a more dramatic shot of grieving to the press.

As usual, I've posted all of the wire images to this article. Be sure to check out all of the dramatic acting.

UPDATE 10:10 EST: Allah Pundit suggests that I'm reading the pictures backwards—i.e., there were originally 2 bodies there, and one of them was taken away. He's probably right, of course, but to my defense, I'll say that I posted the photos here exactly in the order they appeared on the wires... (It's still a bit odd, though—the body in the red shirt is partially underneath the body in the white shirt. Why take that one away first?)

Note that the scene was shot by two photographers. It's likely that Madji Mohammed got there first, further supporting Allahpundit's suggestion. I'm duly updating the article title from a statement, to a question.

Curses! Foiled again!

UPDATE 16:16 EST: I found some higher-resolution photographs of these events on Getty, for reference. Poster captainfish points out that there are some objects which could be shell casings next to the bodies, though no weapons seem to be present in the pictures. Does this mean that our "mourners" carried the weapons away before summoning the press?

UPDATE 16:26 EST: I've done my best to rearrange the photos in chronological order, instead of wire order. No telling as to whether or not this is correct, though, as the EXIF data doesn't appear to be present in the wire images.

Relatives and neighbors react around the bodies Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, local leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, after they were killed during an Israeli army operation in the Balata refugee camp, next to the West Bank town of Nablus Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. They were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops, Palestinian medics and the army said. According to the Israeli army the two planned and recruited men for a suicide bombing on March 30. Five Palestinians recruited by the pair were arrested in July, the army said.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


A relative is held as he reacts next to one of two Palestinian militants killed during an Israeli army operation in the Balata refugee camp, next to the West Bank town of Nablus Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. The men, identified as Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, local leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops, Palestinian medics and the army said. According to the Israeli army the two planned and recruited men for a suicide bombing on March 30. Five Palestinians recruited by the pair were arrested in July, the army said.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


Relatives and neighbors react around of one of two Palestinian militants killed during an Israeli army operation in the Balata refugee camp, next to the West Bank town of Nablus Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. The men, identified as Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, local leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops, Palestinian medics and the army said. According to the Israeli army the two planned and recruited men for a suicide bombing on March 30. Five Palestinians recruited by the pair were arrested in July, the army said.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Relatives and neighbors react around of one of two Palestinian militants killed during an Israeli army operation in the Balata refugee camp, next to the West Bank town of Nablus Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. The men, identified as Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, local leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops, Palestinian medics and the army said. According to the Israeli army the two planned and recruited men for a suicide bombing on March 30. Five Palestinians recruited by the pair were arrested in July, the army said.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


After an appropriate amount of time spent mourning the dead posing with the bodies, they're finally taken away by what appear to be medical professionals (although, in Pallywood, one's true profession is never far removed from "actor"):

The body of one of two Palestinian militants killed during an Israeli army operation is taken from the scene at the Balata refugee camp, next to the West Bank town of Nablus Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. The men, identified as Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, local leaders of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, were killed during an exchange of fire with Israeli troops, Palestinian medics and the army said. According to the Israeli army the two planned and recruited men for a suicide bombing on March 30. Five Palestinians recruited by the pair were arrested in July, the army said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)


And now, their funeral, again noting that everyone in Pallywood is not far removed from being an actor:

Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Neba, a militant of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades grieve during his funeral in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in an exchange of fire in Balata, Palestinian medics and the army said. The Israeli military said the two men killed, Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, received money and orders from the Lebanese guerilla group Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


The brother of Ibrahim Neba, a militant of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades cries during his funeral in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in an exchange of fire in Balata, Palestinian medics and the army said. The Israeli military said the two men killed, Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, received money and orders from the Lebanese guerilla group Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Palestinians carry the body of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militants Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash during their funeral in Balata refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus, Tuesday Aug. 29, 2006. Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in an exchange of fire in Balata, Palestinian medics and the army said. The Israeli military said the two men killed, Ibrahim Neba and Hani Hashash, received money and orders from the Lebanese guerilla group Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)


Finally, REUTERS gets in on the action. Better late than never.

The bodies of two Palestinian militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are carried during their funeral in Balata refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus August 29, 2006. Israeli special forces killed two Palestinian gunmen during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, witnesses said. They identified the militants slain in the camp as members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK)


In an unrelated story, we can see some outstanding Pallywood acting at a funeral for killed Al-Aqsa militant Ala al-Aradi:

Palestinian relatives of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant, Ala Al-Aradi, 25, react during his funeral in the West Bank village of Deir Ghassanah, near Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. Undercover Israeli troops killed al-Aradi, a wanted Palestinian militant on Monday in downtown Ramallah, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


(The one in front looks of this next one like she's throwing a tantrum over not getting the toy she wanted.)

Palestinian relatives of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant, Ala Al-Aradi, 25, react during his funeral in the West Bank village of Deir Ghassanah, near Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. Undercover Israeli troops killed al-Aradi, a wanted Palestinian militant on Monday in downtown Ramallah, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


Palestinian relatives of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant, Ala Al-Aradi, 25, react during his funeral in the West Bank village of Deir Ghassanah, near Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. Undercover Israeli troops killed al-Aradi, a wanted Palestinian militant on Monday in downtown Ramallah, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


Alas, this is life, as usual, in the land of the perpetual underdogs. Too bad they can't figure out something more constructive to do with themselves than constantly blaming someone else for their problems.

UPDATE 10:47 EST: Here's a new picture on the wires that is oddly reminiscent of something we pointed out earlier:

A Palestinian relative of Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades militant, Ala Al-Aradi, 25, reacts during his funeral in the West Bank village of Deir Ghassanah, near Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. Undercover Israeli troops killed al-Aradi, a wanted Palestinian militant on Monday in downtown Ramallah, Palestinian security officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)


UPDATE 16:16 EST: Fortunately, it would appear that Getty Images has some higher-resolution copies of these photos. Click on the picture for the full-size version:

NABLUS, -: The father (L) of Hani Hashshash mourns with other men next to his corpse and that of fellow Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant, Ibrahim Abu Munis, after they were killed early 29 August 2006 in a shootout with Israeli troops in the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The two militants, both aged 25, were killed after Israeli soldiers surrounded a house where they were located and three other people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, a Palestinian security source said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)


NABLUS, -: Palestinian men remove the bodies Ibrahim Abu Munis and Hani Hashshash, two local chiefs of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, after they were killed early 29 August 2006 in a shootout with Israeli troops in the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The two militants, both aged 25, were killed after Israeli soldiers surrounded a house where they were located and three other people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, a Palestinian security source said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)


NABLUS, -: Palestinian men remove the bodies Ibrahim Abu Munis and Hani Hashshash, two local chiefs of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, after they were killed early 29 August 2006 in a shootout with Israeli troops in the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The two militants, both aged 25, were killed after Israeli soldiers surrounded a house where they were located and three other people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, a Palestinian security source said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)


NABLUS, -: Palestinians stand around a pool of blood following the removal of the bodies of Ibrahim Abu Munis and Hani Hashshash, two local chiefs of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, killed early 29 August 2006 in a shootout with Israeli troops in the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The two militants, both aged 25, were killed after Israeli soldiers surrounded a house where they were located and three other people were wounded in the exchange of gunfire, a Palestinian security source said. There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Comments:

#1 captainfish 29-Aug-2006
Boy, sure looks like these boys were sure loved in their neighborhood.

Hey, is that a shell casing laying next to the black-shirt dead guy's head in shots #2 and #4??

Hmmm.. ok it starts out with only 3 guys out of the 7 weeping over black-shirt dead guy, now the whole neighborhood? Actually it seems to rotate. In big pick #2 it is white-tshirt guy weeping with guy-in-shorts comforting. THen big pic #3 has guy-in-shorts weeping. THen cut back to big pic #4 with white t-shirt guy again.

There sure is an awful lot of blood there. And the "mourners" are sure clean. Also, who would expect two gunners to get killed while hiding in a corner of an road? What better protection is there than an open corner? And the two gunners must have been friends since they obviously went down hugging each other after getting a bucket of red-stuff dumped all over them.

For this much blood, they both would have had to bled out while still alive. If they were shot and killed, then there is no heart beat to push all that blood out and SOAK their entire bodies!!!

just my $0.02. usa currency of course.
#2 Brian 29-Aug-2006
Not sure if those are shell casings or not. They look like they could be cigarettes to me, though these images are too low-resolution to be definite...

I need to rearrange the photos some—the order they're posted in is "wire order," but as Allah Pundit pointed out, it doesn't seem to be the right order in which things happened.

Good point about the blood. The relatives must've been poised and waiting to "mourn" as well, as the blood really isn't showing any signs of coagulation... (this, coming from a non-medical, non-military expert such as myself :) )

Thanks for the comments, as usual!

Regards,
Brian
#3 Brian 29-Aug-2006
Posted some hi-res photos courtesy Getty—still pretty indeterminate to me. One of them could be a shell casing, and one of them looks like a cigarette. It looks like one of our "mourners" is smoking, so that may explain the latter. These two gentlemen were Al-Aqsa "chiefs," which would probably explain the former. Nice of the "mourners" to remove their weapons before allowing the photographers to show up.

Regards,
Brian
#4 captainfish 29-Aug-2006
Yeah, you could be right. I just tend to be highly cynnical right now. The object just seems to be too bright (image jrl114 or pic#4 - object now between the foot and knee of mourners on right side of pic).

You would think that these friends would have more love than to put out their cigarettes in their mate's blood. Wouldn't ya? Well, there is that problem with context again. We are speaking of terrorists, aren't we.

And, if it was a cigarette, wouldn't it have soaked up the blood by now?

Also, would like to know what is written on the black shirts of the gun-toters in picture r3475909368.jpg or pic#9. Seems to be a common fashion for gun-toters.

Ok, Isreali military surrounded their house. There were at least 5 of them in the house. They tried to escape and were shot at. Subsequently 2 of them were killed as they huddled in the corner of an alley. Does that sound about right? Because it is obvious from the pictures that they are OUTSIDE, not inside a house.

Yeah, I noticed the glaring absence of weaponry too. Would almost have expected to see Sunday-go-to-market baskets.

***Am so happy to hear that Isrealis were able to take out some chiefs of that "militant" organization.
#5 captainfish 30-Aug-2006
In pic jrl115, pic#6 from bottom with woman with hands in the air, is that the same old woman from Beirut? Is she losing apartments now in Gaza???


just kidding.
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