Israel Punishes Officers Over Elderly Palestinian Man Death

The government of Israel on Tuesday announced it would reprimand a senior officer, while two other officers will be removed from leadership roles over the death of a 78 years old Palestinian man.

The victim was identified as Omar Asaad, a Palestinian-American citizen who was dragged from a car, bound and blindfolded after being stopped at a checkpoint by the Israeli forces.

The Israeli military in a statement said that Asaad was asleep when the army forces cut his zip-ties and left him face-down in an abandoned building. Asaad was detained along with three other Palestinians last month.

Asaad was found unconscious by other detainees inside the building and immediately shifted to the hospital where later pronounced dead.  

“The investigation concluded that the incident was a grave and unfortunate event, resulting from a moral failure and poor decision-making on the part of the soldiers,” the military said in a statement.

The statement also informed of a separate criminal investigation by the military police which is still underway.

Meanwhile, the US State Department had expressed concern over Asaad’s death and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents.


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