B’Tselem: IDF riot dispersal actions endanger Palestinians

By TOVAH LAZAORFF
January 28, 2013 06:03

 
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Routine violations of IDF riot dispersal regulations by soldiers, unnecessarily endangers Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, the non-governmental group B’Tselem charged on Monday in a new 31-page report.

It called the IDF to prohibit use of live ammunition including 0.22 inch-caliber bullets for crowd control, except in instances of mortal danger.

Use of rubber coated metal bullets should also be restricted to instances of mortal danger, and should be a preliminary measure before firing live ammunition, B’Tselem said in the report.

Firing 40mm tear gas canisters directly or horizontally at individuals should be prohibited, the report further argued.

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