Israel snipers use laser device to kill

PressTV –  Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:13PM GMT

Israeli soldiers (file photo)
The Israeli military has developed an operational doctrine for snipers using laser designators in anticipation of violent demonstrations following the Palestinian’s declaration of statehood.

The doctrine includes the use of the Amit targeting system, which came into operation after Israel’s war on the impoverished Gaza Strip at the turn of 2009.

Israel’s Paratroop Brigade came up with the idea as it experienced difficulty targeting their victim’s during mass protests.

“The snipers could not see well and we used the Amit, which can see in all weathers, to put a laser designator on the legs of the protester and then the sniper shot at the laser,” The Jerusalem Post quoted an Israeli ground forces commander as saying on Friday.

Israeli officials further explained that the doctrine is aimed at ensuring accurate hits.

Moreover, Israel has repeatedly claimed that violent clashes could erupt in the occupied territories over the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) planned bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations in September.

It has also announced that it needs to stand ready for the potential violence.

The PA has declared September 20 as the date when it would apply for the recognition.

The plan, however, has been opposed by the United States, Israel and some of their Western allies. Washington has promised to veto any vote for the recognition.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a sovereign state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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