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Military Police will launch a criminal investigation into the death of a
Palestinian killed during an IDF-arrest operation in the West Bank on Wednesday,
in line with the Military Advocate General’s new policy which requires the
immediate opening of a probe.
IDF shoots, kills Palestinian during Nablus raid
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In April, Military Advocate- General (MAG)
Maj.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit announced a new policy under which Military
Police will immediately open criminal investigations into the deaths of
Palestinians – who are unarmed, or not immediately identified as terrorists – as
part of a bid to minimize criticism of IDF action in the West Bank.
sources stressed on Wednesday though that the opening of the investigation did
not mean the shooting of the Palestinian was a breach of the operation’s rules
of engagement, and that according to an initial inquiry, the soldiers acted
appropriately by opening fire after the man jumped out of a window during an
arrest raid and tried to flee.
Moments earlier, a bomb had been thrown at
the troops as they entered a refugee camp near Nablus. Seven terror suspects
were arrested during the operation.
The new MAG policy went into effect
several months ago and changed the guidelines that had been in place since 2000,
under which Military Police investigations were only launched after operational
probes conducted by field commanders uncovered alleged wrongdoing.
the new policy, a criminal investigation will be opened immediately after a
Palestinian, who appears to be innocent or is unarmed, is killed by the IDF –
except in cases involving an exchange of fire. For this reason, the new policy
does not apply to the Gaza Strip.
According to the IDF, the soldiers
opened fire at the man’s legs after he tried escaping an area where they were
operating and arresting terror suspects. Palestinian medical sources identified
the man as 22-year-old Ibrahim Sarhan and claimed that he was shot in each of
his thighs, and was dead by the time he reached the hospital. Sarhan had been on
his way to dawn prayers when he was shot, his uncle, Ismail Sarhan, told
The man’s death came as tensions between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority remain high over Ramallah’s intention to unilaterally
declare statehood in September at the United Nations General Assembly. The IDF
is concerned that the move will set off a new wave of violence in the West
Meanwhile, on Wednesday a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip
landed in a field near a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. A
second rocket fell in the Eshkol region on Wednesday afternoon. No one was
injured in the attacks.
On Tuesday night, the Air Force struck two
targets in the northern Gaza Strip which the IDF claimed were used for weapons
production. The airstrikes came in response to two rockets fired from Gaza into
Israel on Tuesday. Reuters contributed to this report.