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Israeli army's shoot to kill policy

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:699

Israeli soldiers confirm the policy documented in journal

  1. Derek A Summerfield, honorary senior lecturer (
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AP

    EDITOR—My personal view last October on the Israeli army operations in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, attracted support as well as vilification on

    I noted that two thirds of all Palestinian child fatalities had been caused by small arms fire(from relatively close range), in fully half of the cases to the head or upper torso—the sniper's wound. My statement that “clearly, soldiers are routinely authorised to shoot to kill children in situations of minimal or …

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