Israel soldier guilty of killing Palestinian

An Israeli military court has convicted an army captain of causing the death of a Palestinian teenager through negligence.

    More than 2800 Palestinians have been killed in the Intifada

    The army said in a statement on Sunday that judges found the

     captain, whose name it withheld, negligent

     "in opening fire which

    caused the death of Muhammad Ali Najib Said Ziyad, 16, from the

    village of Nazlat Ziyad" in the northern West Bank

    .

    The conviction is a rare example of an Israeli soldier being successfully

    prosecuted despite 2849 Palestinians being killed since the start of the Intifada in September 2000.

    Sentencing

    During the incident, which took place on 4 October 2002, troops

    entered the village to look for a car bomb and a group of young

    Palestinians began throwing stones at their vehicle.

    The captain then fired at the wall of a house near the crowd in

    order to disperse the gathering, but the bullet went in through a

    window and critically wounded the teenager, who later died from his

    injuries, it said.

    The court ruled the fact that the accused opening fire was "clear

    negligence".

    His use of live fire in the direction of the house was

    "unreasonable because it endangered the residents of the house and

    the gathering around it," the statement said.

    The officer will be sentenced at a later date.

    SOURCE: AFP


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