Israel deploys remotecontrolled robotic guns in West Bank

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  • But he said the absence of international norms for “killer robots” is problematic.Otherwise, he said, it’s just a matter of time before these automated systems are equipped to use deadly force.___Associated Press writers Mahmoud Illean in Al-Aroub and Ami Bentov in Kibbutz Yagur, Israel, contributed to this report.
  • The system fires only after algorithms assess complex factors like wind speed, distance, and velocity.The military said such safeguards minimize the risk to soldiers and improve supervision over their activities.
  • We know not to open anything,” said shopkeeper Hussein al-Muzyeen.Robotic weapons are increasingly in operation around the world, with militaries expanding their use of drones to carry out lethal strikes from Ukraine to Ethiopia.
  • Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war.In Al-Aroub, residents say the machines fire without warning.“It is very fast, even faster than the soldiers,” said Kamel Abu Hishesh, a 19-year-old student.
  • AL-AROUB REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) — In two volatile spots in the occupied West Bank, Israel has installed robotic weapons that can fire tear gas, stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets at Palestinian protesters.
  • The army says the system is being tested at this stage and fires only “non-lethal” weapons used for crowd control, such as sponge-tipped bullets and tear gas.
By SAM McNEIL Associated PressALAROUB REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) In two volatile spots in the occupied West Bank, Israel has installed robotic weapons that can fire tear gas, stun grenades and [+8057 chars]