Middle East

Israel drops divisive tactic for recovering captive soldiers

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Palestinians look for their belongings after houses were destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The military unleashed heavy shelling on the town the day before, after soldiers feared militants had captured an officer. An Israeli military official said the army has canceled a controversial tactic that allowed troops to use overwhelming fire to prevent the capture of a soldier, even at the risk of killing the soldier. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, Palestinians look for their belongings after houses were destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The military unleashed heavy shelling on the town the day before, after soldiers feared militants had captured an officer. An Israeli military official said the army has canceled a controversial tactic that allowed troops to use overwhelming fire to prevent the capture of a soldier, even at the risk of killing the soldier. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Israeli military official says the army will no longer employ the tactic of using overwhelming fire to prevent the capture of a soldier, even at the risk of killing the soldier.

During Israel's 2014 war with the militant Islamic group Hamas, troops used the Hannibal Procedure after soldiers feared militants had captured an officer. Israel unleashed heavy shelling and airstrikes on the southern Gazan town of Rafah, killing some 100 Palestinians.

The Association of Civil Rights in Israel called on the military to cancel the practice, saying it endangered the lives of soldiers and civilians.

The military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter, said Tuesday the military is working on a new protocol for responding to abductions.