IDF says fired at legs when warnings failed to deter Palestinian protesters attempting to vandalize border fence.
One of six Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting at the Gaza Strip boundary fence died on Saturday, hospital officials said.
The fortified fence and a 300-metre-deep zone on the Palestinian side – on which Israel has fired with the declared aim of keeping gunmen and infiltrators away from the border – have been a testing ground for the November 21 truce that ended the eight days of escalated fighting between the sides.
Gaza’s Hamas government has said the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that followed Operation Pillar of Defense would put an end to the Israeli no-go zone, allowing Palestinian farmers back to their land there. Israel has said it would back off if Palestinians did not threaten to strike across the boundary.
Asked about Friday’s shootings near the southern town of Rafah, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinians had come up to the fence to vandalize it. Soldiers warned them away, and when that did not deter them, shot at their legs, she said.
If we take a look at this same incident from Hamas‘ point of view, they seem baffled by the use and physics of bullets:
Abu Salmiya said that the IOF soldiers were using a kind of high-velocity bullets, fired by M16s, which badly damage the bones and tissues.
He said that the IOF soldiers were deliberately firing at the lower parts of the body to cause inability to walk for a long period in addition to long treatment period.
Apparently, people in Gaza only use bullets for celebrations and executions, and thus using them for their intended use – stopping people – is just another Zionist non-lethal death weapon. Firing at the legs is a means to stop an assailant while minimising the risk of death, as opposed to firing towards the centre of mass.
And before someone goes about claiming Israel is using quasi- illegal bullets, like hollow-points or incendiary, M-16s can fire SS109 NATO rounds which are actually slower and less lethal than regular bullets, a compromise for being much more accurate.
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