Crowd of Palestinian pilgrims this week
Photo: Reuters

IDF confirms: Israeli soldiers killed Palestinian woman

Initial inquiry into death of Palestinian at Erez border crossing confirms IDF soldiers opened fire as large group of pilgrims were returning from Mecca. Investigation to continue

The Palestinian woman killed on Sunday evening at the Erez border crossing in northern Gaza was shot by IDF soldiers, the army confirmed on Monday. The military initially said its troops had not fired on a group of Palestinian pilgrims returning to Gaza after completing the annual haj trip to Mecca.


But the preliminary findings of the probe indicate that the soldiers manning the crossing felt threatened by the volume of the crowd amassed at the scene and fired warning shots that had not been intended to cause injury. Some 700 Palestinians attempted to cross through Erez that evening.


Palestinian reports claimed that several more pilgrims were wounded in the incident, the IDF report maintains they were hit by ricochets.


High ranking military officials stressed that it is clear that it was not the troops' intent to target innocent civilians and said investigators would continue to pursue the case until the circumstances surrounding the

incident are brought to light.


In the past, soldiers who have violated the army's rules of engagement have stood trial in a court of law.

According to defense officials, Saudi Arabia grants some 1,400 permits to Palestinian pilgrims seeking to travel to Mecca on an annual basis.


פרסום ראשון: 12.31.07, 22:05
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