B’Tselem: The Israeli army uses lethal force against Palestinian protestors

[ PIC 28/01/2013 – 05:37 PM ]

WEST BANK, (PIC)– The human rights group B’Tselem said the Israeli army systematically violates international rules of engagement in the West Bank and allows its soldiers to use deadly force against the Palestinian protestors.

In a new report on Monday, B’Tselem affirmed that over the past eight years, 10 Palestinians at least had been killed during clashes and protests triggered by the Israeli measures in the West Bank.

The group stated that the Israeli army systematically violates international protocols with regard to the use of crowd-control means, which include tear gas and stun grenades, and rubber-coated bullets.

The report accuses the Israeli army of using lethal force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, noting that Israeli soldiers have killed 56 Palestinians since 2005 in clashes and protests.

During these killing incidents since 2005, six Palestinians were killed by rubber-coated metal bullets and two by tear gas canisters, both of these weapons are supposed to be non-lethal, but firing them directly at protesters could cause fatal injuries, B’Tselem said.

The other 48 protesters were killed on purpose by soldiers with live ammunition, the group added.

The group also accused the relevant Israeli authorities of doing nothing to prevent the recurrence of such incidents and control the conduct of Israeli soldiers.


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