Israeli soldier who shot handcuffed Palestinian is arrested

Israel Materials 21 July 2008 10:26 (UTC +04:00)

An Israeli soldier who fired a rubber-coated bullet at a handcuffed Palestinian was arrested and the officer holding the man was detained for questioning, Israeli media reported on Monday.

On Sunday video footage of the incident was released by the Israeli rights organization B'tselem. It was filmed July 7 by a 14-year-old Palestinian school girl during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nil'in against the building of Israel's separation barrier, reported dpa.

In the clip, the Palestinian, Ashraf Abu Rahma, 27, is seen standing, blindfolded and handcuffed, next to a military jeep. A soldier takes aim, checks it twice, and then apparently fires at or near his foot from a very close distance.

Abu Rahma said he suffered a light injury to his toe.

A lieutenant colonel seen holding Abu Rahma's hand while he was shot at was being questioned.