Israeli soldiers strapped injured Palestinian to jeep after West Bank arrest raid

22 June 2024, 23:51 | Updated: 23 June 2024, 10:31

Israeli soldiers strapped an injured Palestinian man to the bonnet of a military jeep after an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli military confirmed the incident after a video circulated on social media showing the man tied to the vehicle and being driven around in Jenin on Saturday.

Reuters news agency named him as Mujahed Azmi.

In a statement, the Israeli military said Israeli forces were fired at and exchanged fire during the raid, wounding a suspect and arresting him.

Soldiers then violated military protocol, the statement said, as "the suspect was taken by the forces while tied on top of a vehicle".

The suspect was later transferred to a Red Crescent ambulance for treatment, the statement added.

The military said the "conduct of the forces in the video of the incident does not conform to the values" of the Israeli military and the incident would be investigated.

According to Reuters, Mr Azmi's family said they asked for an ambulance after he was wounded, and it was then that the army took Mr Azmi, tied him to the hood of the vehicle, and drove off.

Violence in the West Bank was already on the rise before the 7 October attacks in which militants stormed into southern Israel and killed around 1,200 people, kidnapping around 250 more.

Since then, over 37,400 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by Israel, according to the territory's health ministry.

On Saturday, an Israeli man was shot dead in a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank, according to Israel's army.

Troops were occupying the area where it took place and Israeli forces had shot dead two militants in the same town on Friday.

Other developments in the Israel-Hamas war:

• At least 42 people were killed in Israeli strikes on houses and a refugee camp in Gaza

• US officials rubbished Houthi claims of an aircraft carrier attack

• Gaza officials and emergency workers said an Israeli tank fired on tents, killing 25

• A UN human rights office warned Israel may have "systematically violated" the laws of war