IDF: Palestinian shot in sniper video sustained leg injury, was warned in advance

The initial findings of the IDF investigation into an incident that was filmed near the Gaza border indicate that the Palestinian who was shot was warned by the Israeli troops before the single bullet was fired at him. In addition, the IDF clarified that the injury was not fatal.
Soldiers near the Gaza border Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Palestinian man who was shot by an Israeli sniper as other soldiers rejoiced was only injured in the leg and survived, the Israeli military’s initial investigation into the incident has revealed. The incident made headlines yesterday (Monday) when footage of it went viral.

According to the IDF, the shooting took place along the border when Palestinians were violently rioting, throwing stones and trying to damage the security fence. The military also stressed that the Palestinian man was warned several times before the sniper fired. The Israeli methods of warning the Palestinians participating in the violence included calling for them to stop, using non-lethal riot control measures and firing shots in the air. “When none of these things worked, a lone bullet was fired at one suspect who was involved in organizing and leading the riot when he was just a few meters from the fence.”

The IDF spokesperson clarified that the footage was recorded by a soldier who is not in the same unit as the sniper. “Regarding the unauthorized documentation of the incident, the distribution of the footage and the statements heard in the video, it should be noted that these [actions] do not match the spirit and degree of restraint expected from IDF soldiers and they [the soldiers who carried out the actions] will be dealt with accordingly.”

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented on the recording on Tuesday, saying: “The sniper deserves a commendation while the photographer deserves a demotion.” Liberman added that the IDF is “the most moral army in the world.”

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