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Looting soldier in court Photo: Tsafrir Abayov
Looting soldier in court Photo: Tsafrir Abayov

Combat soldier admits to looting Gaza home

Givati Brigade soldier says he and his friend stole credit card from Palestinian during Operation Cast Lead

Hanan Greenberg
Published: 05.13.09, 17:03 / Israel News

The IDF Southern Command's military court remanded the arrest of a Givati Brigade soldier Wednesday for looting during Israel's recent military operation in Gaza.


The soldier is suspected of stealing a credit card from a Palestinian home together with another soldier. He later proceeded to use it in order to purchase merchandise worth NIS 1,600 ($388). Their arrest was first reported by Ynet.


The accused soldier pled guilty to the charges against him during questioning, and the military prosecution intends to indict him in the coming days. His arrest is currently remanded until Monday.


The Palestinian first complained of his missing credit card on April 14, three months after the Gaza operation ended. The complaint said the card had disappeared from a home in the northern Gaza Strip, and that its owner noticed some time later that he had been billed for purchases made in Israel.


The complaint triggered a covert investigation by the military police, and a secret report was handed to the judge just before the two soldiers were arrested. The officer heading the investigation said it was still underway, and may involve other soldiers and civilians.


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