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Israeli army probes soldiers seen vandalizing car in Palestinian town

The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had launched an investigation into a video circulating online showing soldiers vandalizing a car in a Palestinian city during an operation last week.

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

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

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

After the elder al-Khawaj was released from custody a week later, celebrations were held in the Palestinian city and troops were deployed to the area.

The Israel Defense Forces said military police had opened an investigation into the vandalism and that its findings would be sent to the military attorney general’s office for review.

“The behavior of the forces contradicts what is expected of them and the values ​​of the IDF,” the army said.

Last year, soldiers were reprimanded for wrecking a car at a scrap yard in the West Bank.

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

The IDF has carried out almost nightly arrest raids over the past year amid a series of deadly Palestinian terror attacks.

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