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WATCH: IDF officer fires tear gas directly at photographer

A video shot in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar last Wednesday shows an IDF officer shooting a tear gas canister directly at a volunteer videographer from human rights organization B’Tselem.

The images were captured during a protest in the small town, north of Hebron. Stones were thrown at an army vehicle; soldiers shot tear gas in the general direction of the stone throwers. B’Tselem photographer Muhmmad Awad was standing near the soldiers and documenting the event when an officer aimed and shot shot a tear gas canister directly at him. Awad suffered light injuries.

Here is a video taken by Awad before his injury:

Several years ago, Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh was killed when a similar canister hit him in the chest. A video of the incident can be seen below (Graphic images). The army issued orders that forbid shooting tear gas canisters directly at protesters, but they were never upheld. Two years ago another protester died from a tear gas canister shot at him from close range in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh.

Here is a shot-by-shot view of the canister fired at Awad.

Shooting of B’Tselem photographer Muhmmad ‘Awad (images: B’Tselem)

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    1. “Several years ago, Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh was killed when a similar canister hit him in the chest. … The army issued orders that forbid shooting tear gas canisters directly at protesters, but they were never upheld.” : Then why issue the general order? Either command and control is failing because ground officers will not begin prosecution, or the general order was a publicity good feel. I cannot understand command and control in a modern army ignoring video evidence that its orders are disobeyed. Such does happen in the heat of war, but that is not the case here.

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    2. sh

      There’s no boss.

      Or else there is a boss, but whoever it is is talking out of both sides of their mouth.

      Bibi’s the address. What does he say about the flouting of officially declared military orders in the army for which the government he leads is responsible, the middle name of which is Defense?

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      • Haifawi

        There’s really no boss. Company commanders have broad leeway in enforcing unit discipline and laws of war, as countless breaking the silence testimonies can attest.
        Clearly, the commander for the Beit Ummar area has a policy of camera-breaking and gratuitous violence.

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