Israeli Commandos Charged With Killing Camel

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A camel on the edge of a military firing zone in the West Bank.Credit: Emil Salman

Two soldiers in the army’s Duvdevan undercover commando unit were indicted in a military court on Tuesday for shooting a camel and other offenses.

The two are charged with animal abuse and several counts of unauthorized use of weapons, shooting the camel, shooting at sand dunes and shooting at a bottle in a private shooting range they set up. The soldiers videotaped all these incidents.

When the soldier who actually shot the camel was asked by investigators about the laughter heard in the video filmed by his comrade, he replied, “We were in a kind of euphoria. It was exciting.”

The soldier who did the filming is also being charged with animal abuse, as the prosecution considers him a “full partner” in the shooting. Both will also be charged with obstructing justice.

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