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Video: Israeli soldier rejoices for shooting 'son of a b****' Palestinian

Israeli soldiers laughed after shooting a Palestinian civilian [B'Tselem]

Date of publication: 25 April, 2018

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Israeli soldiers were caught laughing as they shot at Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank as they tried to move a roadblock placed by the Israeli army.

A group of Israeli soldiers were caught laughing as they shot at Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank as they tried to move a roadblock placed by the Israeli army.

The video, captured by Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem shows Israeli soldiers on April 13 arriving at the scene where around 30 residents of the Palestinian village of Madama, southeast of occupied Nablus, had tried to remove a roadblock that Israeli forces placed at the eastern entrance to the village.

The roadblock, which was illegally placed by the Israeli soldiers, prevented Palestinian civilians living in the area from reaching their homes.

When 11 Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene, the Palestinian residents threw stones at the direction of the soldiers from a distance of 50-80 meters, to which the Israeli forces began to shoot at them with stun grenades and rubber metal coated bullets.

Whilst shooting, the Israeli soldiers were filmed laughing at the Palestinian civilians being injured.

“We need one good hit and that’s it. That’ll teach them to throw stones,” one soldier said.

The soldiers then rejoiced after successfully firing at a Palestinian who had hid behind the dumpster.

“Aha we got him! Son of a b***,” they said after he was shot.

Seven Palestinians were injured as a result of the Israeli attacks. Two were taken to a hospital in Nablus for medical attention with the remaining five being treated on the spot.

According to The New Arab’s sister site al-Araby al-Jadeed, one of those shot was a young boy whose exact age was not specified.

51 years of illegal occupation

Israel has occupied the West Bank illegally since 1967, committing various crimes against Palestinian civilians.

Earlier this week, Palestinian children were left struggling to breathe after Israeli forces fired tear gas at a school in Nablus.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors illegal settlement activity in the West Bank, said the attack happened on Monday at al-Lubban, to the north of Nablus at a school which was targeted by Israeli forces "almost on daily basis".

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and stun canisters toward the school, he added, which led to a number of children suffering suffocation from inhaling the gas.

Last week a group of Israeli settlers carried out attacks overnight near Nablus, vandalising a mosque and cars and spraying "death to Arabs" on homes.

The group targeted the villages of al-Labban, al-Sharqiya and al-Aswiya, south of Nablus city, vandalising a mosque and slashing tyres of 30 vehicles.

More than 600,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

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