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“Human Shields” Prevent Israeli Raid On Hamas

From the "freedom fighters" fans at Reuters:


Palestinian women barricade themselves on the roof of a Palestinian militant’s house in Gaza November 19, 2006.

Israel calls off air raid after Gaza protest

Sun Nov 19, 2006

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel’s air force cancelled a planned raid on the home of a Gaza militant on Sunday after several hundred Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the building, an Israeli military spokesman and witnesses said.

But hours after the "human shield" protest, an Israeli aircraft attacked a car carrying Hamas militants on a crowded Gaza City street. Hospital officials said an elderly passerby aged over 70 died of his wounds after being hit in the strike.

Medical workers said the two men in the vehicle and two other passersby were wounded.

Israel had served a customary warning to the family of a militant of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) in Jabalya refugee camp to evacuate their home because it would soon be bombed, the spokesman and Palestinian witnesses said.

The PRC is one of several militant groups behind daily rocket attacks from Gaza against southern Israel.

Hundreds of neighbors and protesters gathered at the site, many barricading themselves inside the house and on its roof in defiance of the warning, witnesses said.

"Death to America and death to Israel," the crowd chanted.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the raid had been called off because of the gathering.

"We differentiate between innocent people and terrorists," the spokesman said, vowing Israel would continue its strikes against militants and accusing gunmen of using civilians in Jabalya as human shields…

What a mistake.

Perhaps Israel should stop issuing warnings.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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