Two Israeli Soldiers Allegedly Shoot Animals on Leave; Army Police Launches Investigation

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A group of IDF soldiers near the Golan Heights, earlier this year. The monthly salary of combat soldiers is due to rise as of January 1, 2016 to 1,616 shekels ($423) from 1,077 shekels.
Illustration: IDF soldiers on the Golan Heights, earlier this year. Credit: Gil Eliahu
Gili Cohen
Gili Cohen

Two Israeli army soldiers may face charges of animal cruelty and illegal use of firearms, after they allegedly shot at animals while on leave. 

Army Police has opened an investigation into the matter, and the soldiers were suspended from active duty pending the completion of the investigation. 

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that "this is a serious incident which doesn't accord with what's expected out of IDF soldiers."

Israeli soldiers were jailed in the past for animal cruelty. In 2012, a soldier who poured boiling water on a stray cat was sentenced for 30 days in prison and five months probation. He also received a fine and was demoted. 

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