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Israel mulls shooting Palestinian stone-pelters

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Published on September 04, 2015 with No Comments

Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations.That effectively bans firing at Palestinians who flee after hurling a rock or petrol bomb.But after meeting cabinet ministers and security chiefs to discuss an increase in stone-throwing in Jerusalem and in occupied West Bank, Netanyahu suggested the rules could be hardened.

“Since the justice system finds it difficult to deal with minors who throw rocks, changes to orders on opening fire towards stone and petrol bomb-throwers will be examined,“ the Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.


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