Those carrying weapons granted exemption
Those carrying weapons granted exemption Mendy Hechtman/Flash 90

In another month-and-a-half, on July 5, the IDF will begin to enforce a new order obligating soldiers not carrying a rifle on their person to carry pepper spray.

Since January 2017, every soldier irrespective of gender receives pepper spray during enlistment.

In addition, since March pepper spray has been distributed to soldiers already serving in the IDF. This distribution will finish on July 1.

IDF official Meirav Hatan Goldshtein said of the developments, “our goal is to give soldiers - male and female - not carrying a weapon an additional possibility for defending themselves when needed.”

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