US State Department comments on alleged war crime committed by Israeli Defense Forces

Screenshot from a briefing with State Department principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel.

By Michael Swaney

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have been accused of committing a war crime against an injured Palestinian after a photographer, believed to be serving in the IDF uploaded a short clip to his Instagram account.

Yosee Gamzoo later deleted the post and made his Instagram account private after pro-Palestinian accounts accused him of torturing the man in the clip.

During a briefing, Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Department, Vedant Patel, said he had not seen the clip before being questioned but added it is “deeply troubling.”

“I have no knowledge or information as it relates to the circumstances surrounding that incident,” Patel said when questioned about the clip by Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, the Bureau Chief at Al Arabiya News Channel.

“I will leave it to the IDF to speak to those specific situations, but we have been clear to them that the respect for basic human rights, that humanitarian law needs to be respected, and that those who do not comply need to be held accountable,” he added.

When asked by Bilbassy-Charters if he would address the clip with the IDF, Patel stated he was not going to “get into specific situations here.”

“This is not an operation that the United States is conducting,” he added.

The IDF responded by saying they ended the soldiers’s reserve service and the footage was filmed and published “contrary to the protocols and values ​​of the IDF,” according to the Times of Israel.

They added that the suspect was not harmed during questioning and was released shortly after.

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