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Video of Israeli soldier shooting sparks outcry

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An Israeli NGO has released video footage that appears to show an Israeli soldier shooting a handcuffed Palestinian prisoner at close range. The man was allegedly wounded in the leg after being arrested during a demonstration.

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An Israeli soldier is seen shooting an arrested and bound Palestinian in the leg with a plastic bullet, in a video released by an Israeli human rights group on Sunday.

B'Tselem's footage shows the Palestinian demonstrator -- identified as Ashraf Abu Rahman, 27 -- with handcuffs and a blindfold, as a lieutenant colonel holds him by the arm.

Abu Rahman was lightly wounded in the incident which took place on July 7 in Nilin, a West Bank village where regular protests are held against Israel's separation barrier by stone-throwing demonstrators, the group said.

The army, which says five border guards, three soldiers and two labourers working on the wall were injured during protests in June, announced the launch of an inquiry after the video was shown on Palestinian television.

Israel says the barrier is needed to stop potential attackers from infiltrating Israel and Jewish West Bank settlements, but Palestinians say it is a land grab aimed at undermining the viability of their promised state.

The International Court of Justice in 2004 issued a non-binding resolution calling for parts of the barrier inside the West Bank to be torn down and for a halt to construction there.

Israel has ignored the ruling.
 

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