IDF Mistakenly Shoots Thai Migrant Worker on Northern Border

Soldiers noticed four individuals near the border fence not far from Kibbutz Manara in the north.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Saturday shot and wounded a Thai migrant worker near Kibbutz Manara not far from the Lebanese border. The victim was moderately wounded.

The incident occurred at around 1:00 P.M. as IDF troops were acting on a tip that an individual had made contact with the border fence. After the soldiers spotted four people standing near the fence, they screamed for the individuals to surrender to custody and be placed under arrest. After not receiving a response, the soldiers opened fire.

The soldiers soon realized that the four men were Thai migrants who did not understand the instructions which the soldiers issued.

One of the migrant workers, a 25-year-old male, was shot in the back. He was transported to Ziv Hospital in Safed in moderate condition. The IDF said the northern command will investigate the incident.