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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During final months of the Eelam War IV, the state department and foreign offices of EU nations continually appealed to the LTTE not to use unarmed civilians as human shield and urged to allow the civilians to move toward the GSL declared No-Fire Zones to prevent mass casualty.
'See the hypocrite Indian forces that have been using our brothers as human shield,' yells one of the protesters, saying that these youths have been dragged out of their houses.
Her words suggest that she had no intention of dying as a human shield.
The use of human shields by the Indian Army in India-held Kashmir has been reported many times.
India Today that he had used Dar as a human shield to get out of a tight situation.
In one such video, a youth can be seen tied to the front of an armoured Indian army vehicle as a human shield against stone pelters on the polling day at Gundipora in Beerwah area of Budgam.
Hussein Kuro, Head of the Directorate of Yazidi Abductees Affairs in Dohuk province of the Kurdistan Region, said that 150 to 200 Yazidi women and children are reportedly in Fallujah now under a potential threat of being used as human shield. Kuro said they have talked to the Iraqi army officials and Shi'ite militia Hashd al-Shaabi to protect the Yazidi captives along other civilians while advancing into the city.
In this paper, we use Israel/Palestine as a case study to examine the politics of human shielding, while focusing on the epistemic and political operations through which the deployment of the legal category of human shield legitimizes the use of lethal force.
RYAN Reynolds has joked he would use his wife as a human shield to protect his newborn daughter.
TUNIS (TAP) - Mufti of the Republic Hamda Said decried the use of children by terrorists as a human shield and called it a cowardly and despicable act.
To justify the current onslaught on the Palestinian civilian population of the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials repeatedly assert that Hamas uses civilians as human shields. Speaking by phone recently to his Canadian counterpart, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "Hamas uses innocent civilians as a human shield for terrorist activity." Israeli military spokesperson, Lt Col Peter Lerner, alleged Palestinian armed groups were "intentionally abusing" hospitals and "other international protected symbols to indiscriminately attack Israel."
A POLICE officer who acted as a human shield to protect members of the public from a group of 60 armed youths during a violent protest in Birmingham is our final 2012 Birmingham Mail Local Hero.