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B'Tselem urges Israeli AG to prosecute "trigger happy" troops using rubber-coated bullets

Sept. 1, 2008 10:01 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2008 10:01 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli forces have adopted a practice of "reckless firing" of rubber-coated steel bullets killing two Palestinians and injuring many more since the beginning of the year, the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem said on Monday.

B'Tselem is urging the Israeli attorney general, Menachem Mazuz, to prosecute soldiers and police officers who violate military firing regulations in order to stop "trigger-happy" troops.

Early on Monday morning, Awwad Sadeq Sror, a mentally disabled father of four from the West Bank village of Ni'lin, was severely injured when a soldier fired a cylinder containing three rubber-coated steel bullets at him at close range. B'Tselem's initial investigation indicates that two bullets penetrated his skull and a third struck him in the chest.

A wave of similar cases, B'Tselem says," raises the grave suspicion that soldiers and Border Police officers systematically breach the Open-Fire Regulations in their use of rubber-coated bullets, often with the knowledge and approval of officers."

The request included a list of 19 cases B'Tselem has investigated in which soldiers and police officers fired rubber-coated bullets from potentially lethal short ranges, although the forces were not in a life-threatening situation. The organization also reported cases in which children were shot and in which Israeli forces fired with the intention of wounding and punishing Palestinians.

In July, a videotape released by the organization showed an Israeli soldier shooting a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee, also in Ni'lin. The village has made headlines for its defiant protests against the construction of the Israeli separation wall, which will likely isolate much of the village's land on the western side of the barrier.

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