IDF confirms soldiers' dog attacked Palestinian

February 22, 2009 13:29

The IDF confirmed Sunday that an army dog bit an elderly Palestinian during a West Bank raid. Salem Bani Odeh said he was in his bed when he was bitten repeatedly. He remained hospitalized Sunday with a gash in his left ear. The 99-year-old's relatives say he is paralyzed. The incident occurred before dawn Friday in the village of Tamoun. An IDF statement said that troops surrounded a house in Tamoun during a search for a Palestinian. The statement said soldiers called on everyone to leave the house and that a resident of the house was subsequently bitten by a dog. It said the man eventually received medical treatment from soldiers and was then taken away by Palestinian medics.

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