IDF suspends Lt. over shooting incident

Reserve soldier commanded team that wounded 4 Palestinians during riots.

March 1, 2010 09:49
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Reserve soldiers (illustrative photo, soldiers pic

reserve soldiers 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )

Judea and Samaria Regional Division Commander Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon on Monday suspended an IDF reserve officer at the rank of lieutenant who commanded a team that fired at Palestinian rioters in the West Bank village of Husan, the military said in a statement.

One Palestinian was moderately wounded and three others were lightly hurt by the IDF fire. 

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The incident occurred during IDF activity in the village, when Palestinians hurled firebombs and rocks at soldiers from a nearby street. The force fired back towards the rioters, and in addition fired at a vehicle that was spotted leaving the scene and aroused the suspicion of the force's commander. Four Palestinians were wounded during the shooting.

The IDF, with the liaison of the Civil Administration, which is in touch with the relevant Palestinian medical officials, has offered medical assistance in addition to conveying its regret over the incident.

An initial investigation conducted by the Etzion Regional Brigade Commander Col. Eran Makov suggested that the force did not follow the army's rules of engagement.

The suspension of the reserve force commander is pending a more thorough investigation. 

Alon ordered that all forces operating in the Judea and Samaria region will be re-briefed on the rules of engagement.

In the statement, the IDF expressed its sorrow over any incident where harm is caused to civilians not associated with terrorism.

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