JERUSALEM (AA) – The Israeli army will use armed drones to carry out targeted assassinations of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli army chief Aviv Kochavi gave his approval to use the armed drones for assassinations and “to carry out strikes should armed gunmen be identified as posing imminent threats to the troops,” reported Israeli daily ‘The Jerusalem Post.’
“The order comes as Israeli security forces have encountered a significant rise in shooting attacks and massive gunfire during arrest raids, specifically in the northern West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus,” the daily added.
Israeli public broadcaster KAN called the new instructions “an unprecedented escalation in the activity of the Israeli army.”
The death toll of innocent Palestinian civilians killed by the Israeli army continues to rise. Four Palestinians were killed on September 28 and dozens injured. On Friday, seven year old Rayan Suleiman was chased to death by Israeli soldiers on his way back from school.