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Israeli soldier accidently shot and killed by fellow soldier in Hebron

July 5, 2017 2:05 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2017 4:36 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- An Israeli soldier was killed Tuesday night after being hit by a bullet accidentally fired from a fellow soldier in Hebron city in the southern occupied West Bank, in what an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an was a “routine” Israeli army training exercise.

Coordinator of Human Rights Defenders in Hebron Imad Abu Shamsiya told Ma’an that he had heard the sound of gunshots, so he had rushed with his camera to the Israeli military checkpoint in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron city. 

“The soldiers seemed to be conducting some kind of training at the checkpoint, and one of them opened fire and hit his fellow soldier,” Abu Shamsiya said. 

Abu Shamsiya added that he had seen an Israeli soldier lying down on the ground, while another soldier was “screaming hysterically.”

According to Abu Shamsiya, another soldier was attempting to make the soldier move, but to no avail.

He had also taken footage of the soldier lying on the ground motionless. 

“When I decided to go home to publish the video I had taken, I was surprised to see a group of Israeli soldiers near my house,” Abu Shamsiya told Ma’an, and added that he was not able to enter his home until some time later owing to the Israeli soldiers’ presence. 

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that a “stray bullet” had hit an Israeli soldier during a training exercise. When asked why a military training was being carried out at night in a Palestinian neighborhood, she said “It’s routine.” 

Israeli media identified the Israeli soldier as 22-year-old David Golovenchich.
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