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Family of soldier killed by friendly fire says not angry at comrade who shot him

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The parents of an Israeli soldier who was killed in a friendly fire incident in the West Bank on Monday night were not angry at the soldier who fatally shot their son, a family friend told reporters Tuesday.

Nathan Fitoussi, 20, was shot dead by a comrade in the Kfir Brigade late Monday, after he was apparently misidentified upon returning to a guard post along the West Bank border barrier near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem.

“The family has no anger toward the soldier who shot. Not only are they not angry with him, they even feel sorry for him and I have no doubt that they would want to meet him,” said Meir Fitoussi, a close friend of the deceased soldier’s father.

“The father is a dentist. They have three daughters… and Nathan was the only son. They left everything in France and came to Israel,” he said.

Fitoussi was to be buried at the Netanya military cemetery at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF’s preliminary probe into the killing, the shooting soldier followed the military’s open-fire procedures. The procedure includes shouting at a suspect to halt, firing........

© The Times of Israel

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