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Israeli army indicts three soldiers for theft during Gaza war


By Editor - April 27, 2015
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Tags: [Operation Protective Edge] [Gaza]

The Israeli military prosecutor has indicted three Golani Brigade soldiers on charges of looting during the Israeli army’s aggression last summer in Gaza.

The three men are accused of stealing 2,240 shekels ($605) from a home in the Shuaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City soon after Israel began its ground invasion in the Strip. The case is the first of the Israeli military police’s 19 investigations into the 50-day long aggression, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, to produce indictments. 

Other cases reportedly being investigated include alleged instances of theft, looting, beating Palestinian detainees and using them as human shields, firing at ambulances, and wounding a Palestinian woman carrying a white flag.  

One soldier was charged with theft, and another two were charged with obstruction of justice. The Golani soldier accused of theft was arrested in August on suspicion of stealing cash from a house in Shujaiyeh. Israel’s leading English-language daily Haaretz reported that investigators accused the soldier of taking the money on July 20, just a few hours after the Battle of Shujaiyeh, also known as the Shujaiyeh massacre.  

The military police are also looking into a number of operational incidents, including the shelling of a United Nations school, the killing of four children on the seashore near the Gaza port, and the bombing of a home in the southern city of Khan Younis that killed 27 people. 

The military advocate general, Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, told Haaretz earlier this month that the Israeli army would not indict anyone “for a reasonable error in the midst of fighting like, for example, if you shoot to wound a terrorist and by mistake you hit a civilian.” 

“We will not put soldiers on trial only to satisfy the media, which is disturbed by the large number of civilians killed in the war.”

 

 

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