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Israeli Military to Investigate Reported Abuse of Palestinian Dead


Israel's top general has announced the military will investigate allegations that Israeli soldiers abused and photographed the bodies of Palestinian suicide bombers and those killed during Israeli military operations.

Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon made the announcement Friday, responding to abuse charges in Israel's largest selling newspaper, Yediot Aharonot.

General Yaalon condemned the alleged abuses and said maintaining the army's ethical strength is as important as sustaining its military power.

The newspaper's report included soldiers' accounts of several incidents, including one in which troops put a cigarette in the mouth of a dead suicide bomber and then posed for photographs with the corpse.

Another incident details the shooting death of an apparently unarmed Palestinian man, whose remains were then strapped to the hood of a jeep and driven back to base.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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