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INVESTIGATION PLEDGED IN DESECRATION OF BODIES

The chief of staff of Israel's army on Friday promised a full investigation into reports that troops desecrated Palestinian bodies and then had their photographs taken with the corpses as war mementos.

Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon denied that the incidents detailed in a Yediot Ahronot newspaper report were widespread in the Israeli military and said such "horrible acts" were forbidden in the army.

While reports of soldiers abusing Palestinians have arisen previously during the four years of fighting, the new reports -- and photographs -- were the first to reveal soldiers mistreating the bodies of Palestinians.

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