Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi on Tuesday reprimanded two senior officers over shooting incidents last month that killed four Palestinians in the West Bank.

In his reprimand, Ashkenazi said the deaths could have been avoided. In one case, two Palestinian rioters were fatally shot during a violent protest. In another, a soldier shot dead two Palestinians he believed were attacking him.

The soldiers could have handled the situation differently, said Ashkenazi, adding that their commanders should have prepared them better to deal with such incidents.

Ashkenazi reprimanded a colonel and a lieutenant colonel - a punishment that will likely hurt their career advancement.

Ashkenazi also removed a first sergeant from his post, saying he could no longer serve as a commander.