Israel has charged an army captain who was accused of riddling a Palestinian girl's body with bullets after she was already dead.

A military spokesperson said the officer was charged Tuesday with two counts of illegally using his weapon, and one count each of obstruction of justice, conduct unbecoming an officer and improper use of authority.

The officer, who has not been identified, has been suspended.

Israeli troops shot the 13-year-old girl, Iyman Hams, on Oct. 5 as she walked toward a military observation post close to the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers said they thought she was planting a bomb, but her family maintained she was on her way to school.

Soldiers later said their commander then walked over to the girl and shot her repeatedly as she lay on the ground.

It's not known if the girl was already dead. Palestinian hospital officials say she was shot at least 15 times.

It isn't clear how much jail time the captain could face if convicted.

The case reignited claims by human-rights groups and Palestinians that Israeli troops are unnecessarily violent in the West Bank and Gaza.