Israeli soldier arrested for apparent shooting of prone Palestinian stabber

Ben Harris

(JTA) — An Israeli soldier was arrested after video emerged that appeared to show him shooting an incapacitated Palestinian who had stabbed an Israeli soldier.

In the video, which was released by the human rights group B’Tselem on Thursday, a Palestinian man is seen lying on the ground barely moving surrounded by a group of soldiers. An Israeli soldier fires his weapon at the man from a few feet away. In the next frame, blood can be seen dripping from his body and flowing down the street.

Israel Defense Forces spokesman Moti Almoz said the IDF was investigating all the soldiers who were present.

“It’s a very serious and atypical incident,” Almoz said, according to the Times of Israel.

In another army statement reported by the Times of Israel, the IDF called the incident an apparent “serious violation of the IDF code and of what is expected of IDF soldiers and officers.”

The man was alleged to have been one of the perpetrators of an earlier attack in which two assailants had stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron, causing moderate wounds. Both attackers were shot dead by security forces at the scene, the Israeli army said.

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