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Lawyers demand halt to interrogation of soldier in suspected friendly fire killing

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Fitoussi in an undated photograph published by the military on August 16, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Staff Sgt. Nathan Fitoussi in an undated photograph published by the military on August 16, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Lawyers representing a soldier who shot and killed his comrade in an apparent friendly fire incident on Monday night near the West Bank security barrier are demanding a halt to the ongoing investigation, citing his “mental distress.”

The Military Advocate General demands Military Police stop the interrogation of Sgt. “Aleph” due to the “lack of sleep and stress he is under.”

The soldier is only being identified by the first initial of his Hebrew name.

The advocate general says the interrogation is being conducted in a “scandalous” and “unfair” manner.

Aleph shot 20-year-old Nathan Fitoussi dead on Monday night, after he returned to a guard post near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem and was misidentified as a threat, according to an initial probe.

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