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The soldier, left, in court
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IDF official: Terrorist was checked for explosives before shooting
Military officials say soldier could have taken other action before shooting neutralized stabber to death - like warn the other troops to back away - but did not; 'The IDF has nothing against him. This is an unusual and grave case that must be investigated,' they say.
A junior officer had checked the terrorist in Hebron and ensured he was not carrying explosives before an IDF soldier shot the neutralized attacker to death, senior IDF officials said Saturday evening.

 

 

The Palestinian attacker, Abed al Fatah a-Sharif, along with another attacker, stabbed an IDF soldier. Both were then gunned down by other soldiers.

 

A video filmed by a B'Tselem volunteer several minutes later shows the wounded a-Sharif lying on the ground motionless as an IDF soldier aims his weapon at him and shoots him in the head.

 

B'Tselem video showing attack's aftermath    (צילום: עימאד אבו שמסייה. מתנדב בצלם בחברון)

B'Tselem video showing attack's aftermath

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 

The IDF suspended and then arrested the soldier on suspicion of murder, and the military’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has already launched an investigation into the incident.

 

The soldier’s lawyer said his client saw a-Sharif moving and feared he was going to detonate a bomb, leading him to shoot the neutralized attacker.

 

A second video from the incident shows the terrorist moving before being shot, while a third video of the evacuation of the wounded soldier reveals dialogue between the rescue team members and the soldiers around them, with an authoritative figure saying, "He probably has an explosive on him, pay attention. Until the bomb squad comes, nobody touches him." The CID is investigating whether the warning was made by an IDF soldier of commander, or by a civilian paramedic.

 

Terrorist seen moving after being neutralized

Terrorist seen moving after being neutralized

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 
When questioned by the CID, the soldier claimed that there have been warnings over the past three weeks of a Hamas cell planning a combined terror attack in Hebron that would include both shooting and explosives. The CID said Friday it has yet to check the validity of his claim. His remand has been extended until Tuesday.
 
The CID is also planning to gather testimony from Palestinians who were at the scene of the attack, after already having spoken to officers and soldiers who were there.
 
The investigation of the incident has found that one of the junior officers on the scene did check the terrorist for explosives after he was shot down and neutralized.

 

The soldier who later shot the terrorist to death, however, was not at the scene of the attack when that check was conducted, and was not aware of the fact the officer "cleared" the terrorist of carrying explosives.

 

Rescue team evacuate wounded soldier    (צילום: חברים לשעת צרה)

Rescue team evacuate wounded soldier

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

  

The soldier arrived at the scene about two minutes after the attack as reinforcement, and then shot the terrorist who was lying on the ground - of his own accord.

 

"The procedure for a situation in which there's suspicion the terrorist has an explosive belt on is clear and known, and includes telling the other troops to back away and be careful, something the soldier did not do," an IDF official said on Saturday evening.

 

"If he suspected the terrorist was carrying explosives, he could've taken several actions before shooting the terrorist."

 

The officials responded to criticism from the soldier's family, who claimed the military had abandoned him. "He is an IDF soldier and the military has nothing against him. This is an unusual and grave case that must be investigated."

 

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot was briefed on the investigation's progress and praised the soldiers who stopped the attack and their professional conduct. He noted that the IDF was waging a determined and professional fight against terrorism and that the results of this fight can be felt on the ground. He added that the IDF will back soldiers and commanders who committed mistakes, but not when their behavior is not in line with the military's values.

 

Poster depicting IDF chief as Haman and calling on him to resign (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Poster depicting IDF chief as Haman and calling on him to resign (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

 

Eisenkot's comments caused outrage, and posters were put up near the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv depicting him as Haman the evil and calling on his to resign.

 

Sources in the IDF condemned the posters, saying they are "inciting and dangerous."

 


פרסום ראשון: 03.26.16, 22:22
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