2 IDF soldiers indicted for beating comrade, breaking his nose

2 IDF soldiers indicted for beating comrade, breaking his nose

Servicemen accused of assaulting the victim on two occasions in dispute over dorm room

An IDF soldier who was beaten by two fellow members of his unit. (Facebook)
An IDF soldier who was beaten by two fellow members of his unit. (Facebook)

Military prosecutors filed indictments Tuesday at the IDF’s northern military court against two soldiers who are accused of beating a fellow member of their unit, breaking his nose and causing other injuries, the army said in a statement.

The incident nearly two weeks ago came to light after family members uploaded bloodied photos of the soldier on social media.

The soldier was reportedly beaten after refusing to leave his dorm room immediately when told to do so by the other servicemen.

The two defendants were indicted on charges of aggravated assault and causing actual bodily harm to a fellow serviceman in their unit, the statement said.

They are accused of attacking the soldier on two separate occasions with blunt objects. As a result, the plaintiff suffered bleeding and a broken nose that required medical treatment, the statement said.

Along with the indictments, prosecutors filed a request that the defendants be held in custody until the end of legal proceedings.

“The IDF will not tolerate violent acts against a soldier and will continue to act with all the means available to prevent a recurrence of similar events, to bring justice to those who act with violence and against the law,” the IDF said in the statement.

The two soldiers were arrested on December 17.

Following the first assault, the base commander reportedly refused to immediately take the beaten soldier for medical care, waiting four hours before sending him to an emergency room.

The soldier was then ordered sent home for five days of rest, and said he was beaten again after returning to the base from the hospital before traveling home.

Although he reported the initial beating, his family said nothing was done to punish those responsible.

The second attack necessitated another trip to the hospital.

His family posted photos on social media to show the severity of the injuries, including his bloodied face and blood-spattered uniform.

The assaulted soldier’s grandfather, Said Hussein from the Druze village of Maghar in the north of the country, slammed the assault in an interview with the Hebrew-language Ynet news website last week.

“To beat a soldier in the IDF until he loses consciousness requires an investigation. This is not the army I served in 30 years ago. I didn’t send my grandson to the army for this kind of thing,” he said.

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