In First, Israeli Drone Drops Tear Gas to Disperse Palestinian Protesters

Drone was used against protesters near Gaza border over the weekend; army says crowd-control method still experimental

Yaniv Kubovich
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The Israeli army made its first use of drones over the weekend to disperse a crowd of Palestinian protesters.

Israeli drones dropping tear gas - Al Mayadeen newsCredit: Al Mayadeen news

Last Friday, as some 200 Gaza residents gathered for a protest near the border with Israel, a drone was used to drop tear gas and disperse the crowd.

According to military sources, this crowd-control method is still experimental and has not yet been made operational.

Officials who were involved in the experiment said use of drones allows the army to control protests from a safer distance.

Over the weekend, two Palestinians were killed in clashes with the Israeli army. On Friday, Muhammed Zain Jabri, a 24-year-old resident of Hebron, was shot by live fire and later succumbed to his wounds. On Saturday, Amir Omar Shahada, 19, was shot and killed near the West Bank city of Nablus.

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