Sunday, August 10, 2014

After a clash

The checkpoint separating H1 from H2 is the scene of almost daily clashes. Palestinians in H1 come over and throw rocks at soldiers, who shoot at them. The clashes usually involve small groups of kids or teenagers, and two or more soldiers who are on the other side. During big protests, soldiers come out of this checkpoint to shoot at the shebab.

H1/H2c checkpoint. The objects found in the pictures below were all picked up from this area.

A rubber bullet, a live ammunition bullet, a teargas cannister, a sound bomb, and a rock.

Rubber coated steel bullet. They are shot by the IDF at Palestinians, usually those throwing stones but also sometimes they have previously been shot at those who are non-violently demonstrating. They sometimes kill people, when fired at close range.

Live ammunition. It is fired at people who confront the IDF by throwing rocks or firecrackers. People are usually shot through the legs, but soldiers have also shot people through the stomach and head. Many people who have been shot during clashes recently in Hebron have been shot with live ammunition.

A sound bomb. Soldiers throw them at Palestinians, regardless of whether they are throwing rocks or not- sometimes even when there aren't demonstrations.
 I have seen them thrown at a crowd including women and children, after they asked about why a group of men were unjustly detained.
They make a very loud BOOM noise and are quite frightening. They are very hot when they explode, and can burn a person who touches them.

A teargas cannister. They are shot by the army at demonstrators, both those who are being peaceful and those who aren't. The smoky substance burns people's eyes and throat. When fired in large quantities into a concentrated area, they cause some people to pass out. In some instances, Palestinian have died after inhaling too much of this substance.

A rock. For most Palestinians, this is the only form of violent resistance available possible to the occupation. When thrown at a high velocity, rocks can and do sometimes hurt the soldiers they are thrown at. In contrast to most of the weapons used by the soldiers, they cause relatively little harm. In many cases, demonstrations are attacked before any rocks are thrown.

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