Israel clears soldier in Palestinian's death from tear-gas shot

December 6, 2013 13:42

JERUSALEM - The IDF has exonerated a soldier in the 2011 killing of a Palestinian protester with a rifle-fired tear gas canister, and an Israeli human rights group criticized the ruling as a sign of military impunity.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was struck in the head by the canister while chasing an army jeep during a stone-throwing demonstration in the West Bank. Media photographs showed one of the jeep's rear doors slightly ajar with smoke coming out of it as Tamimi collapsed on the road.

In a statement late on Thursday, the IDF said an internal investigation had found that the soldier who shot the canister "did not see any people in the line of fire" and that therefore none of the soldiers involved were criminally liable.

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