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Israel soldiers who killed unarmed Palestinian boy could be acquitted

Palestinian youth arrested by Israeli soldiers for stone throwing [File photo]
Palestinian youth arrested by Israeli soldiers for stone throwing [File photo]

Two Israeli soldiers who killed an unarmed Palestinian boy in 2013 could be acquitted, Haaretz revealed yesterday.

The two Israel soldiers, a squad commander and a member of a squad, opened fire in 2013 at 16-year-old Samir Awad in the vicinity of the illegal Israeli Separation Wall near the village of Badras, in the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Awad had been taking part in peaceful protests against the wall at the time. He crossed the fence but when he saw Israeli soldiers he fled and was trapped between the first and second fence.

According to the indictment against the two soldiers, Haaretz said, as Awad fled, the commander fired three bullets and the soldiers fired two bullets.

Read: Samir Awad is another victim of Israel’s biased judicial system

The boy was wounded and taken to a Palestinian hospital in Ramallah where he was announced dead. However, it was not clear whose bullets killed him.

The occupation forces’ soldiers were indicted on charges of recklessness and negligence, which has a maximum penalty of three years. However, the charges were not proven in court.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem carried out an investigation into the incident and proved that the boy was shot by the Israeli soldiers in spite the fact he did not pose any danger to them, noting that they violated the regulations on the issue.

The Israeli Public Prosecution is expected to make a decision prior to the next court hearing as negotiations for a plea bargain are currently underway. The hearing is expected to take place on 26 March.

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