Israeli Army's Riot Control Rifle Killed Eight Palestinians in 2021, Eight Times Last Year's Tally

The statistic is partial and includes only the killing of Palestinians during demonstrations or clashes in the West Bank. The military argues it hasn't changed its guidelines on using the Ruger rifle

Hagar Shezaf
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Eight Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed so far this year by the Ruger rifle, a semi-automatic weapon regularly used as a crowd-dispersal tool by the Israeli army, in an increase from a single death last year, according to Defense Ministry statistics.

Most of the casualties occurred during May’s outbreak of fighting between Hamas and Israel, Defense Minister Benny Gantz's office stated.

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