Israel soldier gets one-month jail over killing of Gaza teen

Palestinians react to tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, during which a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers. (Reuters)
Updated 30 October 2019

Israel soldier gets one-month jail over killing of Gaza teen

  • Othman Rami Halles, 15, was shot dead during protests on the Israel-Gaza border on July 13, 2018

JERUSALEM: -An Israeli military court has sentenced a soldier to one month in jail over the killing of a Palestinian teenager after he opened fire without authorization, the army said Wednesday.
The unnamed soldier was convicted Monday for “acting without authorization in a manner endangering to life and well-being,” it said in a statement.
Othman Rami Halles, 15, was shot dead during protests on the Israel-Gaza border on July 13, 2018, the Palestinian health ministry said at the time.
The army said a probe had found that “the soldier fired at a Palestinian rioter who was climbing on the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.”
The soldier, identified in Israeli media as a sniper, had opened fire “not in accordance with the rules of engagement and not in accordance with the instructions he had received,” it said.
After a plea bargain, the court sentenced the soldier to 30 days in prison with military labor and a suspended term of another 60 days, and he was demoted.
The investigation had found no evidence of a “causal link between the soldier’s fire” and the teenager’s death, the army said.
At least 311 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests were launched along the border of the Israeli-blockaded enclave in March 2018, the majority during the demonstrations and clashes.
Eight Israelis have been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.


Iraqi president Salih discusses foreign troops cut with Trump in Davos

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Iraqi president Salih discusses foreign troops cut with Trump in Davos

BAGHDAD: Iraqi President Barham Salih met Donald Trump in Davos on Wednesday and discussed reducing foreign troops in the country, the Iraqi presidency said, after Washington spurned an Iraqi request earlier this month to pull out its troops.
"During the meeting, reducing foreign troops and the importance of respecting the demands of Iraqi people to preserve the country's sovereignty were discussed," the statement said.
Iraq's parliament passed a non-binding resolution on Jan. 5 requesting the government to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq following US air strikes that killed Iranian commanderl Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
The killing of Soleimani, to which Tehran responded with a ballistic missile attack on two Iraqi military bases housing US forces, has highlighted the influence of foreign powers in Iraq, especially Iran and the United States.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked Washington to prepare for a US troop withdrawal in line with Iraq's parliament decision, but Trump's administration rebuffed the request.
Washington said later it was exploring a possible expansion of NATO’s mission in Iraq, a plan to “get burden-sharing right in the region”.