Israeli Army Reprimands Two Commanders as Part of Investigation Into Lethal West Bank Shooting

A Palestinian man was killed and his sister wounded after soldiers opened fire on their vehicle in October. Military police are currently investigating the shooting

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Israeli policemen inspect the scene of a suspected ramming attack near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 31, 2017.
Israeli policemen inspect the scene of a suspected ramming attack near the West Bank city of Ramallah October 31, 2017. Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The Israeli army took disciplinary action on Sunday against two commanders involved in the firing on a car in which one Palestinian was killed and another wounded near the West Bank settlement of Halamish on October 31.

The military police are currently conducting an investigation of the shooting in which 26-year-old Mohammed Abdallah Musa from the town of Dir Balut was killed and his sister Latifa Musa, 33-years-old, as the two travelled in their car to Ramallah.

The incident was originally reported as a suspected-car ramming, after the army claimed that the vehicle did not stop when ordered to do so.

The commander of the Givati infantry brigade, Col. Dado Bar Kalifa, reprimanded the deputy company commander for improperly reporting to soldiers about the identification of the suspicious vehicle over the military radio network. The squad commander was suspended from command positions because of his actions.

The soldiers who fired at the car, including the squad commander, did not approach the car after it stopped, sources told Haaretz. The soldiers reportedly returned to the tent and did not examine the identity of casualties or their condition. Civilians had gathered around the vehicle and it is possible that the soldiers were waiting for reinforcements.

Atallah Tamimi, 66, from the village of A-Nabi Saleh rushed the injured to the hospital in Ramallah. He said that no soldiers were on the road and no one told them to stop.

“Two soldiers came out of the tent and began to shoot at the [car]. They hit its rear from a distance. The car stopped after a few meters and was stuck on the side of the road,” said Tamimi.

Latifa said no soldiers came to treat her wounded brother. When the Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance crew arrived, the soldiers did not allow them to evacuate the wounded to the hospital in Ramallah.

Tamimi said he took Latifa to the hospital after 10 minutes in which he saw that no one else was helping.

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