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IDF in Jenin (Archive photo) Photo: Yonatan Ne'eman, IDF's Spokesperson Unit
IDF in Jenin (Archive photo) Photo: Yonatan Ne'eman, IDF's Spokesperson Unit

IDF shoots dead retarded teen

Youth suffering from Down syndrome mistaken for gunman by soldiers while playing with plastic gun

Efrat Weiss
Published: 02.15.06, 12:37 / Israel News

IDF troops shot and killed a retarded Palestinian teenager in the West Bank town of Kabatiya after mistaking his toy gun for a real one.


Moujahed al-Simadi, 15, who suffers from the Down syndrome, was playing with a plastic gun when IDF soldiers mistook him for a gunman, Palestinian witnesses said.


The IDF is investigating the incident. Soldiers reported disturbances in the village before the shooting and were given instructions to open fire after identifying a gunman in a crowd of villagers.


Palestinian witnesses said the army entered the village overnight to conduct arrests. Palestinian teenagers gathered outside a house where IDF soldiers took position and hurled stones at the troops.


Soldiers opened fire to disperse the crowd. Al-Simadi was hit in the chest and died instantaneously.


Peak in terror warnings 


The security establishment reported a peak in terror warnings, saying IDF troops have been conducting arrest raids on a daily basis.


In November a Palestinian kid was mistakenly killed by IDF troops in Jenin. IDF officials said soldiers mistook his toy gun for a real one.


AP contributed to the report


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