Monday, 12 January 2009

Gaza “Human shields”

Israeli forces bombed a UN School last Tuesday killing about 40 Palestinian civilians sheltering at the Fakhura School in Jabaliya. An estimated 55 people were injured.

Israeli officials immediately accused Hamas of using civilians as "human shields".

The Israeli army stood by its earlier statements that mortars had been fired "from within" the school and named two Hamas militants among those killed at the school. It also alleged booby-trapped bombs in the school had triggered secondary explosions.

Two days after the incident, the Israeli army admitted in private that that the mortar fire came from outside the school compound.

On Sunday, Quoted in the Haaretz newspaper, the Israeli army said Hamas militants had fired from near the school and not from within it.

They said that it was a stray mortar that caused the carnage at Fakhura School.

The facts so far:

- Repeated Israeli claims that Hamas militants fired from the school is a lie.

- Claims of booby-trapped bombs in the school are another lie – it was hit by an Israeli mortar.

- How did the Israeli army conjure up 2 dead militants in the school and why?

The only reason the truth is slowly coming out is that gravity of the incident and UN calls for an independent investigation.

The initial "human shield" claim was made forcefully after the killings by the Israeli military, politicians and many supporters of Israel.

The people of Gaza are not only being bombed by Israel but also being used as "Human shields".

Amnesty International has accused Israel using Gaza civilians as "human shields".
Israeli troops are forcing Palestinian civilians to stay in their homes after taking them over as sniper positions or bases.

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