Protests trigger debate over army tactics in Israel

Israeli soldiers watching Palestinians during clashes along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Some Israelis have begun to question the tactics of the military in dealing with the unrest.
Israeli soldiers watching Palestinians during clashes along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday. Some Israelis have begun to question the tactics of the military in dealing with the unrest.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TEL AVIV • Israel's government stands squarely behind the army after it shot at Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border last weekend. But some Israelis have begun to question the tactics of the military in dealing with the unrest.

One victim, 15-year-old Ali Jussef al-Sa-er, who said he was about 500m away from the clashes when he was shot, highlights the debate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2018, with the headline 'Protests trigger debate over army tactics in Israel'. Print Edition | Subscribe