Israeli Soldiers Photographed Beating Palestinian in Hebron

Photos show one soldier kicking him, and another pinning him down to the ground with his knee. Military says the man was resisting arrest, but that the incident is being investigated.

An Israeli soldier kicks a Palestinian man in Hebron, September 20, 2016.
Hazem Bader, AFP

Israeli soldiers were photographed beating a Palestinian man on Tuesday in Hebron. The military said that the man was resisting arrest.

Photographs taken at the scene showed that at least five Israeli infantry soldiers, from the Nahal Brigade, were surrounding the Palestinian during his arrest.

Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian in Hebron, September 20, 2016.
Mussa Issa Qawasma, Reuters

One of the soldiers is seen kicking him, while another holding him by the throat. Another photo shows a soldier pinning the Palestinian to the ground with his knee. The Palestinian is seen barefoot in a street in Hebron.

Photos of the arrest were soon published on social media networks.

The Israeli military said the incident will be investigated.

The military said it was carrying out security checks in the city due to recent attacks in the area. "During a routine security check, the Palestinian who was documented [in the photos] refused to be frisked. The forces had arrested the suspect. The troops' conduct is being looked into and the incident is being investigated."

Israeli soldiers restrain a Palestinian man as they try to arrest him in Hebron, September 20, 2016.
Hazem Bader, AFP

The Israeli army has bolstered its presence in Hebron following two attempted stabbings in the city on Monday.

On Wednesday, a 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot and lightly wounded at a checkpoint near the West Bank settlement of Alfei Menashe, after refusing to stop  when commanded by the guards.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli soldier outside the Palestinian town of Bani Naim, east of Hebron, the military said. The suspected attacker was shot and killed without any casualties among the soldiers.