Report: Israeli shoot to wound leading to amputations

Israeli shoot to wound techniques are leading to more amputations.


But more than 13,000 have been wounded — 3,600 of them took bullets — according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. Nearly 60 percent of those gunshot casualties were hit in the legs — a strategy employed by the Israeli military to limit killings.

Doctors say many of these wounds are unusually severe and will require multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. In most cases, the patients will be left with life-long disabilities.

At least 28 people have lost limbs, a figure that the International Committee for the Red Cross says could triple — simply because the enclave’s hospitals are collapsing and do not have the ability to cope with the massive trauma load.

The wounded are not the only ones who will suffer.

Here are some of the techniques

Non-lethal methods, such as rubber-coated bullets, have proved ineffective at deterring the crowds, Yoav Gallant, a member of Israel’s Security Cabinet, recently told reporters. But he said the policy was to aim at demonstrators’ legs to minimize fatalities.

The severity of the injuries has raised questions in Gaza about the type of ammunition used. Israeli officials say soldiers employ only standard weaponry that complies with international laws.

This proves that the constant argument that Police Officers should use shoot to wound isn’t very good. There is no method of dealing with lawbreakers that aren’t dangerous.

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