Officer Removed From Post Over Killing Of 12-Year-Old Arab
JERUSALEM (AP) _ The commander of an army unit that shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank has been removed from his post, the army said today.
An investigation concluded that the officer acted against orders, an army statement said. He was identified only as a second lieutenant.
On Monday, Israeli soldiers shot to death Amjad Jaber while dispersing stone throwers on the edge of Jerusalem in the village of Ram, where the boy lived. Arab witnesses said the soldiers were in civilian clothes.
The army said Jaber was shot while throwing stones. But Arab witnesses said the boy was crossing the street with a schoolmate, became frightened and was trying to run away when he was killed by army gunfire.
A confrontation on Saturday between paramilitary border police and Palestinians in the West Bank village of Arrabe also raised charges of improper behavior by troops. Two Palestinians were shot to death.
The army said the Palestinians were armed and that one of them tried to shoot police who had come to arrest the men.
But Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have called for an investigation into killings, saying it appeared the suspects had surrendered and were unarmed when police opened fire.