Israel to treat soldier’s shooting of Palestinian with ‘utmost severity’

A soldier was caught on video shooting a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on ground

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel will deal with “utmost severity” the case of a soldier caught on video shooting a Palestinian assailant in the head on Thursday as he lay on ground.

“The event in which a soldier is recorded arriving at the scene of the attack in Hebron and shooting the terrorist minutes after he was already neutralized and is lying on the ground is most grave and is in clear contradiction of the (military’s) values and battle ethics,” Yaalon said in a statement.

“We must not permit, even when our blood is boiling, such loss of temper, and loss of control. This incident will be treated with the utmost severity.”

The soldier was detained after the incident in Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Video of the shooting spread widely online and sparked condemnation.

It showed the Palestinian, who along with another man had allegedly stabbed a soldier in Hebron minutes earlier, lying on the ground after being shot.

The soldier then appears to shoot him again in the head without provocation.

Both Palestinians were killed, with the other man also shot in the wake of the stabbing. The soldier stabbed was described as in moderate condition.

The video threatened to further inflame tensions amid a wave of violence that erupted in October.

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