A member of the Israeli security forces has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager, police said Wednesday.
The development comes as Israeli police are on the defensive over the recent fatal shootings of Palestinians who rammed cars into crowds of tramway passengers in Jerusalem, killing four people in two separate incidents.
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7:14 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that the unnamed Israeli officer had been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Palestinian teenagers. He is being held in the death of one of the two teens killed May 15.
The Palestinian teen was one of two killed on May 15 in Bitunya, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, during annual protests marking what is known to Palestinians as the Nakba — the commemoration of the displacement of Palestinians that came with Israel’s establishment in 1948.
Images of the incident obtained from a nearby private security camera were circulated by rights groups a week later and appeared to show that neither teen was engaged in confrontations with troops, or even close to them when they were killed.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that an enlisted member of the paramilitary border police had been arrested in connection with the incident, but said the investigation was continuing and that details of the probe remained under a gag order.
The suspect's name was not released, but Israeli media reported that he was arraigned Wednesday in a Jerusalem court, which accepted a police request to extend his time in custody for an additional five days.
After two Israelis were killed in separate stabbing attacks by Palestinians on Monday, Israeli authorities vowed tough measures to curb violence. Police forces were beefed up in Israeli cities and towns, and hundreds of troops were redeployed in the West Bank.