Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .


Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















WAR REPORT
Israel soldier held after video shows wounded Palestinian shot in head
By Joe Dyke
Jerusalem (AFP) March 24, 2016


Israel detains soldier accused of killing wounded Palestinian: army
Jerusalem (AFP) March 24, 2016 - An Israeli soldier was detained Thursday after allegedly shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head and killing him as he lay on the ground, the army said.

A video posted online showed the Palestinian, who had earlier allegedly stabbed a soldier along with another man in the West Bank city of Hebron, lying on the ground after being shot.

The soldier then appears to shoot him again in the head without provocation.

An army spokeswoman called the incident a "grave breach of (military) values", adding that an investigation had begun and "the soldier involved has been detained".

The investigation was opened before the video surfaced online, she said.

In the video, the man who appears to be seriously injured is lying on the ground while Israeli medics treat the injured soldier.

It then appears to show an Israeli soldier raising his rifle and shooting the Palestinian in the head.

The video has spread widely and sparked condemnation.

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for Israeli rights group B'Tselem which posted the video, called it an "execution".

"It is clear that the Palestinian youth who was one of the two who stabbed the soldier was lying on the ground without posing any risk to security services," she told AFP.

"The security personnel around him are not treating him in any way like he is a danger. The soldier is simply seen shooting him in the head."

The shooting took place during a wave of violence in which 200 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed since October 1, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air raids in Gaza.

Israel has faced accusations of using excessive force in response to some of the attacks, charges which it has firmly denied.

An Israeli soldier was caught on video Thursday shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on the ground, with footage of the incident spreading widely online.

The video threatened to further inflame tensions amid a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence that erupted in October.

It showed the Palestinian, who along with another man had allegedly stabbed a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron, lying on the ground, apparently after being shot.

The soldier then shoots him again, in the head, without provocation. The Palestinian, identified as 21-year-old Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, was killed.

The soldier was detained, with Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon vowing that the incident would be treated with "utmost severity".

"The event in which a soldier is recorded arriving at the scene of the attack in Hebron and shooting the terrorist minutes after he was already neutralised and is lying on the ground is most grave and is in clear contradiction of the (military's) values and battle ethics," he said in a statement.

Military spokesman Peter Lerner said "all of the soldiers involved will be investigated, as will the orders given."

The army said the investigation began before the video surfaced online.

Palestinian health minister Jawad Awwad called it a "war crime," saying that even prior to the shooting medics on site were not treating the wounded man.

Violence since October has left 200 Palestinians and 28 Israelis dead.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

But Israeli forces have also been accused of using excessive force in some cases, chargers which they have firmly denied.

In the video, the man -- who appears to be seriously injured -- is lying on the ground while Israeli medics treat the injured soldier.

It then shows an Israeli soldier nearby raising his rifle and shooting the Palestinian in the head.

- 'Potential war crime' -

The video sparked condemnation.

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for Israeli rights group B'Tselem, which posted the video, called it an "execution".

"It is clear that the Palestinian youth who was one of the two who stabbed the soldier was lying on the ground without posing any risk to security services," she told AFP.

"The security personnel around him are not treating him in any way like he is a danger. The soldier is simply seen shooting him in the head."

Amnesty International said the shooting had "absolutely no justification and must be prosecuted as a potential war crime."

The incident came after an alleged stabbing minutes earlier as Jews marked the holiday of Purim, which sees street parades with costumed revellers.

The already heavy Israeli security presence in the flashpoint city of Hebron has been increased for the holiday.

According to the army, the two knife-wielding Palestinians wounded an Israeli soldier at the entrance to the heavily guarded Jewish settler enclave in the heart of the city.

Settlements within Hebron are a source of constant tension with its 200,000-strong Palestinian population.

In an initial statement on the incident, the Israeli army said only that the two assailants had been shot dead. The second Palestinian was identified as Ramzi al-Qasrawi, also 21.

Medics said the soldier wounded in the stabbing was in moderate condition.

Beyond the increased security within Hebron, Israel also took the unusual decision of closing off the West Bank for Purim, with the security measure that affects tens of thousands of Palestinian workers to remain in place through Saturday.

It regularly implements such closures for other Jewish holidays such as Passover and Yom Kippur, though less often for Purim.

- Religious duty -

Sharif's killing is likely to spark fresh allegations that Israel has used disproportionate force as it seeks to quell more than five months' of violence.

Military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot made waves when he warned against excessive force during a speech in February.

Eisenkot said that "when there's a 13-year-old girl holding scissors or a knife and there is some distance between her and the soldiers, I don't want to see a soldier open fire and empty his magazine at a girl like that."

In an apparent response, an Israeli chief rabbi said it was a religious duty to kill attackers.

.


Related Links
Space War News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
WAR REPORT
US strike kills 40 Qaeda militants at Yemen camp
Aden (AFP) March 23, 2016
A US air strike on an Al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen has killed at least 40 fighters in a major blow to the jihadists who have been expanding their territory in the war-torn country. The extremists have exploited a security vacuum in the Arabian Peninsula nation since Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels seized the capital in September 2014, forcing the internationally recognised government to f ... read more


WAR REPORT
S. Korea, US open missile shield talks

Israeli Air Force deploying 'David's Sling' missile defense system

US Missile Defense Outdated

China Interfering in THAAD Deployment Decision Process Preposterous

WAR REPORT
BAE completes ground-rig tests on Brimstone missile system

Russia offering new missile system to international market

Carrier group launches SM-2 during live-fire exercises

Raytheon to offer new tactical missile design to U.S. Army

WAR REPORT
Drones promise to improve ecological monitoring

Pentagon, Other Federal Agencies Use Drones for Domestic Surveillance

Researchers develop miniaturized fuel cell that makes drones fly more than 1 hour

Inside the Pentagon's Drone Proving Ground

WAR REPORT
In-orbit delivery of Laos' 1st satellite launched

Upgrade set for Britain's tactical communications system

Airbus continues operating German military satellites

BAE Systems supports Navy communications and electronics

WAR REPORT
U.S. Army issues initial order for Humvee replacement vehicles

GenDyn NASSCO wins U.S. Navy support support contract

New cannon system for British Army

Finland sells shares of Patria Group to Kongsberg

WAR REPORT
Airbus to sell defence electronics arm to KKR for $1.2 billion

Lockheed Martin plans voluntary layoffs for 1,000

Defense Industry center opens in South Australia

China defence spending to rise '7 to 8%' in 2016: official

WAR REPORT
China's Extraterrestrial Goals Growing Concern

China urges Indonesia to release crew as sea row escalates

US 'reassessing' China's part in naval drill

Taiwan gives tour of disputed island in bid to boost claim

WAR REPORT
New research shows how nanowires can be formed

ASRC professor leads study on reconfigurable magnetic nanopatterns

Atomic vibrations in nanomaterials

NIST invents fleet and fast test for nanomanufacturing quality control




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News








The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2016 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.