CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - An initial investigation into the death of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy, killed during an anti-fence protest rally near the Arab village of Naalin west of Ramallah, shows that soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) or Border Police fired at protesters.
IDF Central Command head Major General Gadi Shani ordered the joint investigation by the IDF and the Police Internal Affairs Bureau to determine if the boy was shot by Israeli security forces
In conjunction with the investigation, Civil Administration head Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai ordered a joint medical inquiry in cooperation with Palestinian officials.
Palestinian sources reported that the boy was killed by an Israeli soldier or Border Guard policeman.
Palestinian rioters confronted Israeli forces before the boy's funeral Wednesday, where Hamas flags were on prominent display throughout the town.
Beginning next week, the Central Command will deploy an elite Border Police unit trained in riot control to the area, which has been the scene of ongoing violent demonstrations, spurred on by foreign activists, against construction of the security fence.
"For a number of weeks now, serious violations of public order have been occurring within close proximity of the security fence near the village of Naalin, in which Israeli citizens and foreigners have been participating with the aim of preventing the construction of the fence," an IDF statement read.
"More than 20 officers, Border Guard officers and soldiers have been wounded by the protests so far. The IDF will continue to build the security fence in the area of Naalin until it is completed," the IDF stated.
Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz