An Israeli soldier was caught on video raping a Palestinian woman and her two sons in the occupied West Bank, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Tuesday.
The man, who was wearing an orange uniform, said the attack happened near the family home in the southern Hebron hills, south of Ramallah, on Tuesday morning, according to the official who asked not to be named.
The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The video of the attack shows the woman, identified by her husband as Saed, and her sons, both 13 years old, lying on the ground with their hands behind their heads.
They are then taken away by a soldier and placed in a truck, the official said.
After being assaulted, the family members, who are also dressed in orange uniforms, can be seen standing in front of the vehicle, with the men still naked.
A Palestinian youth wearing a green shirt walks up and stands behind them.
The soldier then pushes the boy into the truck.
The man and the boy are heard screaming and shouting in Arabic as the soldiers drive off.
A military spokeswoman confirmed the incident, saying the soldiers took the two boys to an ambulance in the nearby town of Ramleh and transferred them to Ramallah.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Saed’s brother, Ahmed, said he saw the video and heard his mother crying.
He said he was shocked and traumatized.
Sayed was attacked with a knife after the family had returned from shopping, the Israeli army said in a statement.
The woman was wearing a purple scarf and a yellow and blue cap, the statement said.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said the soldier had been suspended for two months.
In recent years, Israeli soldiers have been known to commit similar acts of violence against Palestinians.
In 2016, Israeli troops killed six Palestinians and wounded 21, while one soldier killed a Palestinian and wounded another.
In 2016, three Israeli soldiers killed a wounded Palestinian while on duty in the northern West Bank.