In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — Israeli forces have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations against Israel’s long-running blockade of Gaza began in March. And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other — the legs.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says over 6,000 Palestinians, or about 60 percent of those who have been treated at hospitals and medical clinics, have been shot in the lower limbs.

Israel says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. The military says it opens fire only as a last resort, and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint.

Still, 175 Palestinians have been shot to death, and the number of wounded has reached colossal proportions.

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