American report claims: Soldiers aim for the head
By David Ratner, Ha'aretz
Figures released by Physicians for Human Rights/USA on November 7 suggest that IDF troops aim for the head when shooting at Palestinians. "Some 50 percent of the fatal injuries in Gaza were to the head," the doctors write in their report, "with around 26 percent of the 1,134 injured in Gaza and the West Bank sustaining injuries to the head or neck ... Our conclusion is that the soldiers are aiming for the heads of the civilians."
Data provided by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, of the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, indicates that 192 Palestinians have been killed up to yesterday morning. Of these, 92 percent were shot by rifles with a high muzzle velocity (as opposed to rubber-coated steel bullets). Around 98 percent of the Palestinians killed by gunfire were hit in the upper parts of their bodies, with 52 percent hit in the head or neck.
Barghouti says these figures suggest that the IDF soldiers are deliberately aiming for areas of the body where injuries are often lethal. "Most were hit with 5.56-mm bullets," Barghouti says, "and this proves that the snipers are firing fewer 7.62-mm rounds and more with M-16s."
Additional figures show that 13 percent of the fatalities are under the age of 15, 20 percent between the ages 16-18, and 4 percent above the age of 50