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Israeli officers disciplined after West Bank shooting

Mohammed Moussa, 26, was killed on October 31 and his sister was wounded when soldiers opened fire on their car near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh
Mohammed Moussa, 26, was killed on October 31 and his sister was wounded when soldiers opened fire on their car near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh AFP/File
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Jerusalem (AFP)

The Israeli army has suspended an officer and reprimanded another after an incident in the occupied West Bank during which a Palestinian driver was killed, the military said on Tuesday.

Mohammed Moussa, 26, was killed on October 31 and his sister was wounded when soldiers opened fire on their car near the Jewish settlement of Halamish and the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh.

The army had said the vehicle approached soldiers stationed near the settlement in the northern West Bank in a "suspicious" manner, and ordered an investigation.

Following the inquiry, a squad commander "was suspended from command positions due to his unprofessional conduct from the moment he received the report and his subsequent behaviour on the scene", Tuesday's army statement said.

A second officer was reprimanded "for his deficiency in clarifying to his soldiers the proper protocol for identifying vehicles travelling in a suspicious manner".

Israel, Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories saw a wave of violence that began in October 2015, with near daily attacks that have now become sporadic.

At least 308 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 51 Israelis and seven foreigners have been killed in the series of attacks, according to an AFP count.

Israeli authorities say that most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

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