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.
B’Tselem has worked on the report, “Crowd Control: Israel’s use of Crowd Control Weapons in the West Bank” for the last year.
It comes after a decade in which the IDF and Border Police respond to multiple weekly Palestinian West Bank demonstrations that often involve stone throwing.
According to B’Tselem, since 2005, at least 56 Palestinians have been killed during protests or clashes with the IDF, that did not involve live fire from the Palestinians.
It explained that 6 Palestinians were killed by rubber coated metal bullets, two from tear gas canisters fired directly at them, two from .22 caliber bullets and 46 from 5.56 caliber bullets.
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