Human Shield


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Human Shield

A military and political tactic in which civilians go to (or are placed in) a military target to dissuade an enemy attack. Human shields can protect military targets and have propaganda value if the enemy attacks anyway (which obviously could kill the civilians).
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Hamas' use of innocent people as human shield was first exposed early August through a captured (http://www.
The Egyptian Coalition on Children's Rights (ECCR) reported on Wednesday that security forces have been using children as human shields in clashes along the Nile Corniche in Downtown Cairo.
In the human shield context, the shielding party--generally a nonstate, technologically disadvantaged actor--is the gambler who is reinforced intermittently for the behavior of using the presence of civilians to deter attack of a military objective.
Dozens of young men, lawyers, media men, civil society organizations' members formed a human shield between security forces and thousands of demonstrators in the city of Sulaimaniya to prevent any acts of violence," al-Bashri Shawan Rauoof, an activist, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
It is imperative that we find a solution that will curtail the use of this dreadful tactic and deprive human shield users of their current advantages, without generating a greater risk of harm to civilians.
The spokesman, however, held the Houthi rebels responsible for blocking the refugees from going to the displaced camps, holding them and using them as human shields as well as planting landmines in the roads to block aid from reaching the affected.
The Amnesty report ignores a critical aspect of Operation Cast Lead - Hamas consistently, deliberately and routinely violated International Law, specifically the prohibition against the use of human shields," the Israeli statement insisted.
ISLAMABAD, May 30, 2009 (Balochistan Times) -- Federal Minister for Interior Affairs Rehman Malik Saturday said the Taliban are still using the innocent people in many parts of Swat as human shield.
This is another human shield example that "demonstrates the complete disregard of the soldiers for the life of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
A WOMAN taken hostage as a human shield by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the first Gulf War planned to kill herself to escape her ordeal.
AN anti-war group has recruited its 10,000th volunteer to act as a human shield if US soldiers invade Iran.
Israeli security officials said they did not know how to respond to the human shield tactic.
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