Israeli army suspends 6 soldiers

The Israeli army suspended an officer and five soldiers involved in wounding a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank and put all of their unit's operational duties on hold, the military said Friday.

Israeli army suspends 6 soldiers
The Israeli army suspended an officer and five soldiers involved in wounding a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank and put all of their unit's operational duties on hold, the military said Friday.

In the incident Thursday, Palestinians in the village of Dahariya said soldiers shot and seriously wounded a man. The army denied involvement at the time, saying only that troops evacuated an injured Palestinian from a military checkpoint to an Israeli hospital.

But in a statement Friday, the army said the six-man patrol entered the village Thursday, took over a Palestinian taxi and shot a Palestinian man. The soldiers did not give first aid to the wounded man and didn't report the incident, the army said.

The step of immediately suspending soldiers and freezing their unit's operations is unusual.

Ahead of a military police investigation of the soldiers, the army said, a preliminary inquiry by the military found that the incident was "grave and caused by a problem of norms, a problem of command and likely a problem of professionalism" in the unit.

Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 16:25
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