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Israeli doctors warn against rubber bullets

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1296
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Rubber bullets should not be considered a safe method of crowd control, Israeli doctors have argued after a review of the use of rubber bullets by Israeli police against Palestinians showed a high number of injuries and some deaths.

    Rubber bullets were used for the first time by British forces in Northern Ireland in 1970. They were intended to inflict superficial, painful injuries, deterring demonstrators from further action but avoiding the risk of serious injury and death associated with conventional bullets.

    However, a retrospective study of 595 casualties admitted to hospitals in Israel during …

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