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Israel Punishes 2 Soldiers for Burning Palestinian Flag

FILE - An Israeli Arab bedouin waves a Palestinian flag during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of Land Day and against a plan to uproot the village of Umm Al-Hiran, in Umm Al-Hiran, Israel, March 30, 2016.

The Israeli military punished two soldiers for burning a Palestinian flag taken Wednesday from a car in the West Bank.

The army said one of the soldiers was sentenced to 20 days in a military jail while the other was ordered confined to his base for 28 days.

Palestinian witnesses said the soldiers were stopping cars at a checkpoint near the West Bank town of Nablus when they pulled a flag from one of the vehicles, dropped it to the ground and set in on fire with a lighter.

An Israeli military spokesman called the incident "an unusual one in which the forces acted against what was expected of them, against the orders of their commanders."