Israel explains deployment of remote-controlled turret — RT World News

The Israeli army has installed a remote-controlled turret in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank, saying it is to be used for crowd dispersal.

The sci-fi-looking weapon is positioned at a checkpoint on Shuhada Street, which is a known protest hotspot in the city, Haaretz reported over the weekend.

The system, which is currently being tested, can fire stun grenades, tear gas and sponge-tip bullets, while being controlled by a remote operator.

“As part of the Army’s enhanced preparations for dealing with those disrupting order in the region, it is examining the possibility of using remote-controlled systems for the employment of approved crowd dispersal measures,” a military spokesman told the Israeli newspaper.

“It does not include remote control of actual gunfire”, assured the official. However, there have been a number of incidents in recent years where sponge-tip bullets, which are considered non-lethal, have caused serious injuries to Palestinians.

The turret was designed by Smart Shooter, a company specializing in systems that track and lock on targets using artificial intelligence-based image processing, Haaretz wrote.

While the manufacturer claims its products provide greater shooting accuracy, many Palestinians remain skeptical of this claim.

The weapon was placed in a densely populated area, which means that “Any failure of this technology could impact many people,” Issa Amro, a human rights activist from Hebron, pointed this out in a comment to the newspaper.

“I see this as part of a transition from human control to technological control. As Palestinians, we have become an object of experimentation and training for Israel’s high-tech military industry, which is not responsible for nothing she does, Amro added.

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