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Inquiry launched after film shows Israeli soldier firing rubber bullet at Palestinian at close range

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Rory McCarthy
London Guardian
Monday, July 21, 2008

 

The Palestinian, who had been involved in a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Nil’in on July 7, was injured in the toe by the shooting. He was treated by army medics and released, according to the rights group, B’Tselem.

The video clip, which is just over a minute long, was filmed by a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from her home in the village and passed on to B’Tselem.

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It begins by showing the Palestinian, named as Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, at the demonstration where he waved a Palestinian flag and gave a V for victory sign. The video then cuts to show Abu Rahma sitting on a road blindfolded, with his hands cuffed by a plastic tie and surrounded by Israeli soldiers and military vehicles.

He is then shown standing at the back of a military vehicle next to an Israeli army officer, identified by B’Tselem as a lieutenant colonel, who is holding Abu Rahma by his right arm.

Moments later another Israeli soldier standing less than two metres away raises his rifle to his shoulder, takes aim and, without any apparent provocation, fires directly towards the feet of Abu Rahma. The video briefly stops and restarts with Abu Rahma lying on the floor in the same spot while an Israeli soldier inspects his lower legs. At least six other uniformed Israeli soldiers are standing nearby, looking on.

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This article was posted: Monday, July 21, 2008 at 4:03 am





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