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Israel police 'import horses' to confront protesters

Aug. 10, 2011 12:11 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2011 9:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli is seeking advice from around the world on how to handle the massive demonstrations they believe will break out once Palestinians turn to the UN to seek recognition of statehood.

The Israeli daily Maariv reported Tuesday that a private jet with 15 Belgian horses onboard landed Monday at Ben Gurion International Airport. The horses will be used by police for riot control, Maariv said.

According to a senior source in the operations department of Israel's police service, authorities have prepared a "shopping list" for September that includes various weapons and vehicles to facilitate their work.

Among the items, according to Maariv: two vehicles mounted with water cannons, a special gun that fires multiple tear gas canisters at the same time and at large distances, and a machine that emits a disruptive sound. Police are also stocking up on tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and smoke grenades.
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