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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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ISIL terrorists are not allowing civilians to leave the city of Ramadi, said informed sources, adding the Takfiris are using the city's residents as human shields against large-scale assaults of Iraqi forces.
According to an IDF senior commander, Hamas saw the advantage of using the civilian people as human shields.
It deliberately forces Israel to choose between attacking the rockets and killing some children who are used as human shields, or refraining from attacking the rockets and thereby placing their own children at risk.
Meanwhile, Syrian National Coalition members have criticized the forced action on civilians, being used as human shields, against international humanitarian law and said those responsible must be held accountable for crimes against humanity.
The source indicated that the Syrian government officially requested on Thursday the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to send a humanitarian aid convoy, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, to the besieged civilians in Homs old city whom the armed terrorist groups are using as human shields, and demanded that it works to evacuate them through safe corridors designed for this goal.
on Monday, April 22, 2013 to serve as human shields blocking the Westboro hate group from picketing and disrupting the funeral of Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing last week.
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.
The appropriate response to human shields is a recurring issue in modern warfare.
Rarely, have I seen such brutality against children as in Syria, where girls and boys are detained, tortured, executed, and used as human shields," said Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN special representative for children in armed conflict.
and Russia: Annan is "last chance" Opposition holds decisive meeting today Human Rights Watch accuses Assad's forces of using civilians as human shields Obama and Erdogan urges transfer to a "legitimate government" .
I have family in the town, so the situation is worrying, especially when we hear reports of raped women and kids as human shields.
Summary: Gaddafi loyalists surround rebel stronghold Misrata killing nine, cutting off its water and bringing in human shields.