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Soldier who killed comrade Monday apparently followed open-fire policy, IDF says

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An Israeli soldier who killed his comrade in a friendly fire incident in the West Bank on Monday night apparently followed the military’s open-fire procedures, according to the Israel Defense Forces’ preliminary probe into the killing.

The procedure includes shouting at a suspect to halt, firing into the air, and only using deadly force if the soldier feels threatened.

The deceased soldier was named as 20-year-old Nathan Fitoussi from Netanya, an infantry soldier in the Kfir Brigade.

The initial probe found that Fitoussi told his comrades in a guard tower near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, close to the West Bank security barrier, that he was going to pray and would return a short while later.

But when he returned, his comrade “shot him after an arrest procedure, which included shooting into the air and at the legs,” military spokesperson Ran Kochav told Kan public radio on Tuesday morning.

There were several........

© The Times of Israel

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