IDF Soldiers Convicted Over Camel-Shooting Incident

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Camels .Yaniv Nadav/Flash90
Untethered camels roam free. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

A military court has sentenced two IDF soldiers to four months and two months in the brig respectively, after they were convicted of using their weapons to shoot – a camel. The two were charged with a variety of military and civil violations, including illegal use of an IDF weapon, and cruelty to animals. Along with his sentence, one of the culprits has been lowered in rank from sergeant to corporal.

The incident took place in December of 2015, when the two were on a furlough from army duty. The two were seen in images distributed on social media using their weapons to shoot animals. In one scene, they are seen to strike a camel.

After receiving many complaints about the misuse of the weapons, the army opened an investigation and tracked down the pair, who are members of an elite IDF unit. According to the court, the sentence “justly reflects the serious nature of the incidents and the seriousness the IDF takes this matter, which involved cruelty to animals.”