A human rights group called for an investigation into the death Thursday of a mentally disabled Palestinian man who had been wounded by the Israelis during a West Bank arrest operation.
As the soldiers prepared an ambush, the mentally disabled man, 56-year-old Taysir Nazal, emerged from his home, the neighbors said. Soldiers fired three shots and hit Nazal in his legs, said relatives and a neighbor, Omar al-Sohu.
"They didn't call on him to stop, and after he was hit, they left him for a half hour," al-Sohu said. "Then two soldiers came and started to talk to him in Arabic."
The Israeli military said it was checking the circumstances of the incident and did not immediately comment. Three Islamic Jihad militants were arrested in the raid.
Nazal was hit several times in the legs. Doctors operated several times and amputated part of one leg, but he died on Thursday, doctors said.
The Israeli rights group B'Tselem called for a military investigation. "From our research we see a pattern, a sort of norm ... that is expressed in shooting when a door is opened or the soldiers think someone is trying to flee, when in fact the soldiers are not acting in self-defense," B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said.
Several mentally disabled Palestinians have been killed in Israeli-Palestinian fighting in recent years.
Israel conducts arrest operations against Palestinian militants in West Bank towns almost nightly.
Source: AP News