The Israeli military has deployed more than 100 special forces snipers to the Gaza border in anticipation of the Palestinian “Land Day” protests expected to take place Friday.
Gadi Eizenkot, the nation’s top general, made the announcement in a press conference Wednesday. Thousands of Palestinians are expected to engage in mass protest against what they view as an Israeli occupation. Eizenkot confirmed the snipers have been issued rules of engagement that could result in the use of lethal force.
“We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters who were called up from all of the military’s units, primarily from the special forces,” he said. “If lives are in jeopardy, there is permission to open fire.”