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Monday, May 16, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Israel Army deems non-lethal arsenal 'useless' after border riots

TEL AVIV — Israel's arsenal of non-lethal equipment has failed to stop an Arab rampage along the borders of the Jewish state.


The Israel Army employed a range of non-lethal weapons and equipment to stop thousands of Palestinians and other Arabs from crossing the borders of Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip on May 15. Military sources said the equipment was deemed ineffective, and within minutes troops were ordered to employ live fire.

"We keep learning this over and over again — non-lethal means are useless when we are talking about a large number of people," a military source said.

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The sources said the Army employed tear gas, rubber bullets as well as new products, Middle East Newsline reported. One of them was called Scream, designed to emit a high-pitched sound that results in nausea.

"There was not one case in which these means actually stopped a large number of rioters," the source said.

As a result, the Army ordered main battle tank and automatic fire to stop the Palestinian rush toward the border. Scores of people were reported to have been killed or injured.

"The Israel Defense Forces used riot dispersion means in the area, as well as live fire with some injured," Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said. "These are not peaceful protests with flowers and love songs, but rather true provocations."

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