Israel’s security cabinet has approved measures that allow police to open fire with live ammunition at Palestinian protesters throwing stones when officers believe that lives are in danger.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet late Thursday that police can and should open fire at stone-throwers in such circumstances, Israeli media reported.

“Until recently, police officers would open fire when their own lives were at risk,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting held to discuss how to confront the increase in stone-throwing incidents in mostly Arab East Jerusalem, according to the reports.

“From now on, they will be allowed to open fire — and they will know they have a right to do so — when anyone’s life is in danger,” he said.

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