Group: Palestinian shot as Israeli troops stood by
Saturday, May 19, 2012
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli human rights group has released a video suggesting Israeli soldiers stood by while Jewish settlers opened fire on Palestinians in the West Bank.
The B'tselem organization says a 24-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the head and hospitalized in stable condition.
B'tselem says the footage "raises grave suspicions" the soldiers did not act to prevent settlers from firing.
The Israeli military had no immediate comment.
B'tselem says the incident started when settlers from Yitzhar descended last week on the village of Asira al-Qibliya, where they threw rocks at Palestinian homes and fires began to burn. Village youths confronted the settlers, and both sides threw rocks.
The Associated Press obtained the footage Monday.