UN slams Israel’s 'gruesome' killing of wounded Palestinian teen

United Nations condemns Israeli soldiers 'gruesome' killing of wounded Palestinian teen in West Bank

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli soldiers carry the dead body of a Palestinian whom they killed in Tal Rumaida in the West Bank city of Hebron March 24, 2016.

The “gruesome” killing of a wounded Palestinian teen by an Israeli soldier in the West Bank was harshly condemned by the United Nations on Friday, after a video of the shooting went viral.

Two Palestinians were shot dead on Thursday after allegedly attacking an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The video showed one of the wounded teenagers lying on the bitumen where a nearby Israeli ambulance did not treat the victim, shortly after, the video showed an Israeli soldier shooting the teenager in his head, smearing the teenager’s brains onto the bitumen.

“I strongly condemn yesterday's apparent extrajudicial execution of a Palestinian assailant in Hebron in the occupied West Bank," UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement.

"This was a gruesome, immoral and unjust act.”

He called on Israeli authorities to “bring to justice” the perpetrator of the incident.

Israeli forces apprehended the soldier who was caught in the video shooting the Palestinian.

Three other soldiers who were on the scene received a slap on the wrist for not treating the wounded teenager.

The clip, which went viral worldwide, shows the common case of Israeli forces’ use of excessive force over the years, including the recent wave of Palestinian-Israeli violence that erupted in October.

Since October of last year more than 200 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces while on the other side 28 Israelis have died.

The incident was immediately condemned as an by Israeli rights group B'Tselem, while Palestinians also denounced the war crime.

A military spokesman said the soldier was supposedly being apprehended on suspicion of murder, with his remand extended to Tuesday, but Israel has been frequently criticised for giving soft punishments on harsh crimes in the past.

According to reports, the  soldier had arrived at the site a bit after the teenager was initially shot.

A military official said the army gives its soldiers “full support in the case of errors." but generally doesn’t provide support for matters that are beyond the norm.

Israeli Prime Minister said the soldier’s behaviour was not familiar with the army’s values but Palestinian critics suggested otherwise.

Israeli politicians were also heated up over the debate of Israel’s response to the current wave of violence.

Israelis have been accused of using excessive force in most other cases, all of which they have generally denied.

TRTWorld and agencies