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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In our proposed formula, the warning serves additional functions related to the human shielding tactic.
In contrast with this minimal attention given to allegations about Hamas, in finding Israel guilty of four instances of alleged human shielding, the report allocated seventy-five paragraphs consisting of lengthy descriptions based solely upon the testimony of the accusers, which the report found credible.