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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 Manual further states that "[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."
3342 as ordered reported by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on September 28, 2017; that bill would impose sanctions related to the use of human shields by Hizballah.
I am here on the frontlines and I act as a human shield," the English subtitles read.
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'The civilian was, in fact, made human shield which is a severe human rights violation,' the petitioner argued.
Murillo said the kidnapped civilians were later released after the NPA terrorists used them as human shields to scamper away from the Army's rescue operations.
"That is why he has continued with his failed economic policy of austerity and let local councils act like human shields having to carry out his cuts.
'Everything is fair in love and war,' retorted Ram Madhav, the BJP's national general secretary, who is on deputation from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to the BJP, when asked for his reaction on the army using civilians as human shields in Kashmir.
FEMALE Islamic State militants are using their own children as human shields as the extremist group defends its last corner of Mosul's Old City against Iraqi troops, the military has said.
Download 100,000 civilians held by Daesh in Mosul's old city as 'human shields': UN NNA - The UN said Friday that Daesh group jihadists may be holding more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians as human shields in the old city of Mosul.
The increased casualties in the city marks an uptick in violence which includes using civilians as human shields.
NEW YORK, Nov 3 (KUNA) -- The removal of civilians from their homes in Mosul and relocating them as human shields by the so-called Islamic State (IS) alarmed the UN Security Council members.