Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Palestinian Shepherd Outside West Bank Settlement

Yaniv Kubovich
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Border Police officers on the road leading to Yitzhar.
Border Police officers on the road leading to Yitzhar.Credit: Moti Milrod
Yaniv Kubovich

Israeli army soldiers shot a Palestinian shepherd in the foot near the Yitzhar settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old man led a herd of sheep close to the perimeter fence of the settlement when soldiers shouted at him in Hebrew to stop, according to eyewitnesses and a preliminary investigation by the army.When he drew nearer to the fence the soldiers shot at him with live fire. According to the army, the man was carrying a steel rod.

The man's condition has not been verified. He was evacuated to a hospital and will be taken in for questioning, the Israeli army said in a statement.

About two weeks ago Haaretz reported that the security coordinator of Yitzhar shot and wounded a Palestinian man in June even though army officers at the scene saw no reason to open fire. 

The incident occurred before dawn on June 25, when an IDF lookout saw a man approach Yitzhar. The man carried a knife but posed no danger, soldiers and officers told Haaretz.

The soldiers and commander of the reservist battalion stationed at the site ordered him to halt, but did not shoot because they didn’t think the situation was out of control. Then, they said, the security coordinator drove up, got out of his car and shot the Palestinian, hitting him twice. He suffered moderate injuries.

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