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
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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."