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Army commander suspended in human barrier incident

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Israel’s
army suspended a commander who allegedly used Palestinians as human barriers.

“Following the incident in which Israel Defense Forces soldiers
apparently made prohibited use of civilians, Central Command chief Maj. Gen.
Yair Naveh ordered the suspension of the commander of the mission from all
operational activity, in addition to the ongoing investigation into the
matter,” an army statement said Friday.

Video footage showed troops patrolling the West
Bank town of Nablus on
Wednesday ordering youths to stand in front of their vehicle to keep it from
being stoned. Israel’s
Supreme Court banned the practice in 2005.

Associated Press Television News filmed a similar
scene in February, leading the army to launch a criminal investigation.

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