Israel says to treat soldier's shooting of Palestinian with 'utmost severity'

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Jerusalem (AFP)

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Thursday that Israel will treat with "utmost severity" the case of a soldier caught on video shooting a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on ground.

"The event in which a soldier is recorded arriving at the scene of the attack in Hebron and shooting the terrorist minutes after he was already neutralised and is lying on the ground is most grave and is in clear contradiction of the (military's) values ​​and battle ethics," Yaalon said in a statement.

"We must not permit, even when our blood is boiling, such loss of temper, and loss of control. This incident will be treated with the utmost severity."