World Bulletin / News Desk
An Israeli army jeep struck and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, with the military and locals giving conflicting accounts of the circumstances.
A military spokeswoman said the jeep, which was in Qafr Malik village as part of an operation to arrest Palestinians, accidentally hit the Palestinian after he threw a petrol bomb at it.
"The driver was startled and swerved, hitting the man," she said, adding that a military investigation would be launched.
Local resident Nail Abdul Latah el Hajj denied the Palestinian had attacked the jeep, however, saying the man was walking to work at a chicken farm when he was run down on the main street and then crushed as the vehicle crashed into a wall and overturned.
Speaking to Reuters, el Hajj said the man's death sparked confrontations between stone-throwing Palestinian youths and Israeli troops. The military spokeswoman said the disturbances were already under way when the collision happened.
The video posted on social media showed the Palestinian being hit with a rifle butt and wrestled to the ground, where he was punched further and a soldier's knee was pressed against his head. He was then handcuffed and taken away.
"If necessary, disciplinary action will be taken against (the soldiers). Based on preliminary investigation, it appears that the conduct displayed in the incident is inconsistent with that expected of IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers," the military said in a statement.Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Haziran 2015, 13:36