The Israeli military has closed an investigation into the tragic death of a 15-year-old Palestinian, who was killed two years ago after the soldiers opened fire on a car full of West Bank teens.
In June 2016, Israeli forces shot and killed 15-year-old Mahmoud Raafat Badran after showering a car on Route 443, a major West Bank highway, with live fire.
Four other Palestinian teens, who were returning from a nearby swimming pool, were also injured in the incident, which unfolded as the Israeli soldiers tried to quell Palestinian youths in the vicinity but misidentified the suspects’ vehicle.
The four injured were Mahmoud’s two brothers � 16-year-old Amir and 17-year-old Hadi � as well as Daoud Abu Hassan, 16, and Majdi Badran, 16.
Following a comprehensive investigation into the incident, the Military Advocate General ordered the closure of the probe, admitting that the Israeli Army had mistakenly identified the teens as a group of Palestinian youths who had earlier assaulted Israeli cars with stones and Molotov cocktails.
While noting there were professional failings during the incident, the Advocate General found opening fire on the car was justified and the mistake was earnest and reasonable.
According to the Israeli Human Rights group B’Tselem, the shooting of the 15-year-old Palestinian boy was deliberate, entirely unjustified and a direct result of military policy.
Source: Palestine Chronicle