...the North expressed “regret” over civilian fatalities through a commentary carried on Saturday by its official Korean Central News Agency. However, it said, “The responsibility lies with the inhumane treatment by the enemies who, to form ‘human shields,’ placed civilians within the military facilities and around the artillery positions.”...
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...1. This study examines how Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip make extensive use of Palestinian civilians as human shields. It shows how the terrorist organizations constructed a vast military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, including a large arsenal of rocket and mortar shells used to target the southern Israeli population (in 2001-2008 more than 8,000 rockets and mortar shell were fired into populated Israeli areas). The terrorists' military infrastructure was hidden in and around civilian homes and dispersed to locations scattered around the Gaza Strip, home to an estimated more than 1.4 million people, one of the most densely populated areas on earth....
Hamas Exploitation of Civilians as Human Shields (external - login to view)
...Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters are endangering the lives of Palestinian civilians ...using them as human shields....Israeli soldiers...taken up positions in a number of Palestinian homes, forcing families to stay in a ground floor room...use the rest of their house as a military base and sniper position..." “...increases the risk to the Palestinian families concerned ...they are effectively being used as human shields.” Both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen ... fire at each other from areas close to civilian homes...Israeli forces have bombed civilian homes and other buildings, arguing that they had been used as cover by gunmen firing at Israeli targets, although Palestinian fighters usually vacate the areas as soon as they have fired. “The Israeli army is well-aware that Palestinian gunmen usually leave the area after having fired and that any reprisal attack against these homes will in most cases cause harm to civilians -- not gunmen.”...“Fighters on both sides must not carry out attacks from civilian areas but when they do take cover behind a civilian house or building to fire it does not make that building and its civilian inhabitants a legitimate military target. Any such attacks are unlawful,”...Quote has been trimmed
If a soldier is guilty of using civilian as a human shield, what should the punishment be?
Israeli soldiers who used Palestinian boy, 9, as a human shield avoid jail | World news | The Guardian (external - login to view)