Israeli Soldiers Sentenced for Throwing Stun Grenade at Palestinians From Jeep

Army probe was prompted by security-camera footage of the incident that was posted on a Palestinian news website.

The Ramallah News video showing a stun grenade thrown at Palestinians from IDF jeep. Facebook / Ramallah News

Three Israeli soldiers who threw a stun grenade at a group of Palestinians from an army jeep Monday night were disciplined and sentenced Wednesday by their battalion commander. The grenade, which is designed to produce a blinding flash of light and an intensely loud noise but which can cause injuries, exploded but apparently no one was hurt.

The Ramallah News video showing a stun grenade thrown at Palestinians from IDF jeep. Facebook / Ramallah News

From the army’s investigation it emerged that it was the platoon sergeant who had told his two subordinates to thrown the grenade. The noncommissioned officer was sentenced to 10 days in a military prison. The two combat soldiers were confined to their base for seven days.

The Ramallah News website on Tuesday posted a video from a security camera showing the grenade being thrown at four Palestinians sitting outside a building on the outskirts of Ramallah, in the West Bank. The clip shows the jeep stopping near the group briefly before continuing. The grenade is hurled out of the back of the jeep as it pulls away. The Palestinians stand up and run away before the grenade explodes.