The IDF has suspended an officer who was filmed opening fire on Palestinian stone-throwers during a weekly demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.
The army said an initial investigation launched after it obtained footage of the incident, which occurred on June 1, revealed that the officer used live fire. He was suspended until the conclusion of the investigation.
In the video, which was distributed by the Palestinians, two hooded protesters are seen throwing stones at soldiers positioned on a nearby hill.
At some point one of the soldiers is seen hurling a stun grenade which explodes near the Palestinians, but they continue to riot. Later the soldier throws stones at two of the demonstrators, picks up his weapon and fires two shots, apparently as a warning.
Shortly thereafter the soldier and the demonstrators throw stones at one another. The soldier then fires a number of shots at the protesters, but, according to the video, none of them were hit.
The footage shows the demonstrators leaving the area after the soldier opens fire.
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