How the IDF disperses riots

The IDF (Zahal) uses non-lethal riot dispersal means when riots become violent   

Date: 21/09/2011, 6:26 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

When dispersing riots, Israeli law enforcement heavily relies on several non-lethal means. All of the non-lethal riot dispersal means are identical to those used by other western countries such as the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands and others.

Security forces disperse riots only if they become violent and endanger the lives of Israeli soldiers and civilians. A violent riot might include burning tires, and throwing rocks and molotov cocktails.

Israeli soldiers go through courses and special training with these means. Firearms are used only in extreme circumstances, when rioters pose a serious threat to the lives of civilians and security personal.

Stun Grenade – Creating an extremely loud blast and emitting a flash of light upon release, stun grenade are used to temporarily neutralize violent rioters, without inflicting long-term damage. While heavily used throughout the world, especially in America, the device is sparingly used by Israeli security forces.

Tear Gas – Individuals use tear gas for self defense. U.S. and European law enforcement consider it the ultimate solution for combative crowds. Israeli security forces resort to it for crowd control. When released into the air, the non-lethal liquid becomes an aerosol, which irritates mucous membranes, without causing long-term damage.

Rubber Bullets – A non-lethal alternative to real bullets, the global product is used by Americans and Europeans to disperse riots. Capable of causing head injuries, rubber bullets fired from standard firearms are routinely directed toward the legs.

“Skunk” – Designed and manufactured by the Israel Police, the machine sprays high-pressured, non-lethal liquid into the air, covering long distances. The intolerable smell disperses rioters, without inflicting long-term harm.