Israel arrests soldier accused of killing wounded Palestinian

2016-03-24 18:59
A shot of an Israeli soldier's ammunition. (File, AP)

A shot of an Israeli soldier's ammunition. (File, AP)

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Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier was detained on Thursday after allegedly shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head and killing him as he lay on the ground, the army said.

A video posted online showed the Palestinian, who had earlier allegedly stabbed a soldier along with another man in the West Bank city of Hebron, lying on the ground after being shot.

The soldier then appears to shoot him again in the head without provocation.

An army spokesperson called the incident a "grave breach of [military] values", adding that an investigation had begun and "the soldier involved has been detained".

The investigation was opened before the video surfaced online, she said.

In the video, the man who appears to be seriously injured is lying on the ground while Israeli medics treat the injured soldier.

It then appears to show an Israeli soldier raising his rifle and shooting the Palestinian in the head.

The video has spread widely and sparked condemnation.

Sarit Michaeli, a spokesperson for Israeli rights group B'Tselem which posted the video, called it an "execution".

"It is clear that the Palestinian youth who was one of the two who stabbed the soldier was lying on the ground without posing any risk to security services," she told AFP.

"The security personnel around him are not treating him in any way like he is a danger. The soldier is simply seen shooting him in the head."

The shooting took place during a wave of violence in which 200 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed since October 1, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air raids in Gaza.

Israel has faced accusations of using excessive force in response to some of the attacks, charges which it has firmly denied.

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