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Monday, 23 March 2009

Israel used Gaza boy as 'human shield'

The United Nations has made a stand against the war on Gaza, confirming that Israeli soldiers have seriously breached humanitarian law.

A group of UN human rights experts said on Monday that Israeli forces had used an 11-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield and to protect themselves from being shot by fighters in the Gazan neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN secretary-general's envoy for protecting children in armed conflict, said Israeli soldiers ordered the boy to walk in front of them and enter buildings to assure the safety of the troops.

The 43-page report added to previous confirmations that Israel committed war crimes in its three-week operations in the territory. More >>>