Israeli army probes soldiers seen vandalizing car in Palestinian town

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The military said on Tuesday it had opened an investigation into a video circulating online showing soldiers vandalizing a car in a Palestinian town during an operation last week.

In the clip from March 16 in the West Bank town of Ni’lin, soldiers were seen slashing the tires of the truck and breaking the windows with a hammer.

According to Palestinian media, the truck belonged to a DJ who was involved in celebrations for the release of the father of the Palestinian terrorist behind a deadly attack in Tel Aviv on March 9.

Sheikh Salah al-Khawaja was detained in Ni’lin several hours after his son, Mutaz al-Khawaja, shot three people on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, one of whom died on Monday.

When the elder al-Khawaja was released from custody a week later, celebrations were held in the Palestinian town, and troops were deployed to the area.

The Israel Defense Forces said a Military Police investigation into the vandalism had been opened and its findings would be sent to the Military Counsel’s office for review.

“The behavior of the force is inconsistent with the expectations and values ​​of the IDF,” the military said.

Last year, soldiers were reprimanded for smashing a car in a West Bank scrap yard.

Also on Tuesday morning, the IDF said troops detained 16 wanted Palestinians during overnight arrest raids across the West Bank.

The IDF has been conducting almost nightly arrest raids for the past year amid a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Palestine.

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