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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

IDF Launches Investigation into Controversial Picture


The Israeli army said Tuesday it has launched an investigation after a soldier allegedly posted a picture on Instagram of a Palestinian child's head in the crosshairs of his sniper rifle.

The picture, which was removed, shows a child sitting with his back to the sniper's telescope, with its crosshairs on the left side of his head.

The gun is pointing out of a window in the direction of what appears to be a Palestinian neighborhood or village, AFP reported.

The image was allegedly uploaded by 20-year-old sniper Mor Ostrovski, who denies that the picture was taken by him, according to security sources.

"The picture in question does not coincide with IDF's (Israel Defence Forces) values or code of ethics," a statement from the military read.

"The soldier's commanders have been notified. The issue will be investigated and dealt with accordingly."