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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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The use of human shields by the Indian Army in held Kashmir has been reported many times in the past since the start of militancy in the 1990s.
Under international humanitarian law, the use of human shields amounts to a war crime," said Hussein in a (http://www.
Members condemn the use of human shields and call on all parties to take all feasible precautions with a view to avoiding harm to civilians and civilian objects in accordance with international humanitarian law," he said.
BAGHDAD/GENEVA: Militants have killed scores of people and taken tens of thousands to use as human shields in the Mosul area, the U.
For the third day in a row, terrorists are preventing the people of the eastern neighborhoods from leaving them via the aforementioned passages so that they can use the locals as human shields and so that the states supporting and sponsoring these terrorists can exploit the humanitarian issue in the city.
But strangely, when he was shot dead at Millennium Township at Shadnagar, 50km from Hyderabad on Monday he was alone with his driver and there were no human shields, making the story of an encounter more dubious.
The United Nations and other international organizations have voiced concerns over the operation, warning that ISIS is using civilians in the city as human shields to ward off the government's offensives.
After offering a concise genealogy of human shields in international law, we examine the way Israel used the concept in the 2014 Gaza war by analyzing a series of infographics spread by the IDF on social media.
The Asian Tribune in fact noted that "The interpretations and definition provided by the US Department of Defense (DOD) in its latest Law of War Manual in fact absolves the Sri Lanka military of the 'war crime and genocide charges' blaming the non-state actor - the LTTE - in declaring "[i]f the proportionality rule were interpreted to permit the use of human shields to prohibit attacks, such an interpretation would perversely encourage the use of human shields.
The repetitive attacks against the country and the people while using innocents as human shields make the crime even more shameful, the Mufti said Friday in a press release.
As Bombs Go Silent, Testimonies Mount That Israeli Soldiers Used Gazans as Human Shields Several independent journalists, human rights organizations and the United Nations are accusing Israel of using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
Echoing official Hamas rhetoric, which glorifies civilians used as human shields as "holy warriors" and "martyrs," the manual says that the "presence of civilians are pockets of resistance", in that their presence can contribute to the organization's war effort in three specific ways: (1) Problems with opening fire (2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward (3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it