The soldier, from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion within the Kfir Brigade was investigated by the military Criminal Investigation Division (CID) over the claim that the Palestinian was unarmed and shot in his back.
The CID is seeking to speak to Palestinian witnesses present during the incident while also compiling testimony from the soldiers present.
The Palestinian man’s body was returned to the Palestinian Authority shortly after the incident since the IDF said that the initial investigation did not indicate that the man was a terrorist.
In a statement by the soldier’s defense attorney, the soldier was said to have acted in a manner expected of him given the circumstances. “The soldier carried out what was demanded of him and acted in accordance with military instructions in light of the behavior of the Palestinian that aroused his suspicion and the risk he appeared to be posing,” the statement said. “The experienced and appreciated soldier will return to meaningful service today.”
During initial questioning, the soldier said he had called upon Hamed to stop but was forced to implement the procedures for opening fire when he the situation turned life-threatening.