Medics on the ground in the occupied Gaza Strip have reported Israeli forces’ use of a devastating “butterfly bullet”, according to a report by Al Jazeera. Twenty-four Palestinians “have had their limbs amputated since the March of Great Return mass protests started on March 30”, according to Al Jazeera. Medics on the ground say Israeli forces are shooting at demonstrators with a new type of round – never seen before – known as the ‘butterfly bullet’, which explodes upon impact, pulverising tissue, arteries and bone, while causing severe internal injuries.
All 24 amputees were shot by Israeli snipers with a “single explosive bullet”, including journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, both “shot in the abdomen”. “All of their internal organs were totally destroyed, pulverised,” said Ashraf Al-Qidra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesperson. The bullets are the deadliest the Israeli army has ever used, he added. “Normally, a regular bullet breaks the leg [upon impact]. But these bullets create massive wounds, indicating that an explosion happened inside the body. It’s an expanding bullet. It pulverises the leg, and the leg gets cut off [as a result],” Al-Qidra told Al Jazeera.