A human rights organisation in Israel has accused its country’s military of killing at least 10 Palestinian protestors in the occupied West Bank since 2005, in what they consider the inappropriate use of weapons to control crowds. Non-governmental organisation B’Tselem says the response by the Israeli Defence Force to crowds throwing stones "extensively and systematically violated” rules forbid the use of deadly response to a non-lethal assault.
Scenes of protests like this one recently in Nabi Saleh are an everyday sight. B’Teselm says six protestors were killed with rubber bullets, two by so-called skunk gas grenades and two more by air rifle pellets usuallyv used in sports shooting. It also says the report is based on hundreds of hours of field research and documenting how demos are policed. However the IDF dismissed the file as lacking "factual merit” and told the Reuters news agency it ‘does everything in its power to ensure that the use of riot dispersal means is done in accordance with the rules of engagement’.