How Israel put Gaza civilians in firing line

November 12th, 2006 § 0 comments

The most moral army in the world.
Do not target civilians.
Etcetera etcetera.

From the Observer:

Israeli military commanders drastically reduced the ‘safety’ margins that separate artillery targets from the built-up civilian areas of Gaza earlier this year, despite being warned that the new policy risked increasing Palestinian civilian deaths and injuries, The Observer can reveal.

The warning, delivered in Israel’s high court by six human rights groups, came after the Israeli Defence Force reduced the so-called ‘safety range’ in Gaza from a 300-metre separation from built-up areas to just 100 metres – within the kill radius of its 155mm high-explosive shells, generally regarded as being between 50 and 150 metres.
The revelation follows reports that the shelling of Gaza has continued despite the recent recognition by senior Israeli military officers, including the head of the IDF’s Southern Command, that indirect artillery fire (ie, firing without seeing the target) was largely pointless in countering Palestinian rocket fire
As more details of the Beit Hanoun incident have emerged, including Israel’s admission that the shells that killed the family were in response to the firing of Qassam rockets, probably from a car driven into the area by militants the previous day, they have raised more questions than they have answered.

I’ll just repeat that:

from a car driven into the area by militants the previous day

Come on Israel. Either cut the crap, or at last make an effort to look like you give a toss about innocent civilians.

And to show solidarity with their attack dog the USA has vetoed a UN SC resolution condemning the Beit Hanoun atrocity.

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