IDF tear gas fire at Palestinians throw stones in Nebi Salah.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
As sporadic clashes continue between Palestinian rioters and security forces in the West Bank, the IDF’s Central Command announced the introduction of
nonlethal sponge-tipped bullets as a riot dispersal tool, that should replace
rubber bullets by the end of the year.
The announcement came after the
Central Command launched a pilot program in which the new type of bullets were
tested. Maj. Yuval Yaron, head of the Central Command’s arms and technology
branch, said the bullets were being examined by the IDF’s chief medical
“The advantage is that it’s safe even from a close
range. It’ll come into service by the end of 2013,” Yaron said this
The Central Command is also set to introduce a protective suit to
soldiers serving in the West Bank, that will protect them against blows, rocks
and stick attacks. The equipment is designed to defend the soldier’s shoulders,
back, chest, groin, thighs and shins. Special gloves to protect palms against
knife slashes will also be introduced.
Thousands of protective suits are
set to be received in the coming days.
Elite units operating in the West
Bank are also due to receive GPS systems to assist them when they maneuver in