An Israeli soldier shot in the head a Palestinian man who stabbed another soldier in an attack in Hebron on Thursday morning, a video provided by a rights group shows. The soldier has been arrested and questioned by military police.
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In the video, provided by a B'Tselem fieldworker following the stabbing attack, the soldier is seen shooting the Palestinian assailant who was lying on the ground, wounded, and who did not pose a threat to security forces.
"This terrorist is still alive, this dog," a voice is heard on the video, warning of the assailant.
Documentation of the incident shows that after the evacuation of a soldier who was wounded in the attack soldier began, one of the Palestinians assailants was still alive. He can be seen moving his head while is lying down with his arms outstretched, surrounded by some 10 soldiers and other armed personnel. A soldier then cocks his weapons and shoots one bullet into the head of the Palestinian, whose death was determined later.
The shooting was carried out while two officers stood nearby, and the two did not seem to respond to the incident. A few seconds before the shooting, they move aside and further away from the Palestinian who was lying on the ground. A voice can be heard saying "Okay, okay" afterward. After a minute, the removal of the Palestinians' bodies began.
IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz said that the images in the video speak for themselves, and the events depicted do not represent the IDF's values. Almoz added that all soldiers involved in the event will be questioned.
The IDF Spokesman's Unit earlier said that "An initial investigation shows that this is a severe incident that contradicts the IDF's ethical code and what is expected from the IDF's soldiers and commanders. A Military Police investigation has been opened following the findings of the initial investigation that was carried out by the commanders. The soldier has been suspended from his position until the culmination of the investigation."
The soldier who was wounded in Thursday morning's attack at the entrance to the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in the city was taken to hospital in moderate condition. Palestinian source identified the assailants as Abed Fatah al-Sharif, 21, and Ramzi Alkasrawi, 20.