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