Israeli Court Releases Guards Suspected of Shooting at Palestinians

RAMALLAH, January 22, 2015 (WAFA) – An Israeli court Thursday released two security guards stationed at the illegal settlement of Itamar, southeast of Nablus, a day after their arrest under the pretext of firing at two Palestinians earlier January.

According to the Israeli Army Radio the court decided to release two security guards, arguing that they ‘aimed at the open air and didn’t intend to shoot the two Palestinians.’

The security guards accompanied by the army earlier January attempted to arrest four Palestinians and during the arrest the guards opened fire on two, injuring them.

Fuad Al-Khafsh, the director of Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights, said ‘All of the Palestinians who were killed or injured [by Israelis] were released. This promotes the killing of Palestinians by Israeli security guards with ease.’

The two Palestinians who were shot were sustained moderate injuries and the two then-suspects were referred to the Magistrate’s Court in Petah Tikva, East of Yaffa to extend their detention pending an ongoing investigation.