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IAF Aborts Air Strikes to Protect Gaza Civilians

Yesterday saw one such occurrence—an air strike on an underground launch site was aborted due to the discovery of civilians in the area.
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As it does in all its operations, the IDF has taken the utmost care to protect uninvolved civilians during Operation Pillar of Defense, even while rockets have continued to fall on Israel. In addition to the large number of flyers the IDF has dropped prior to striking an area, air strikes are often aborted when civilians are found in the area.

Yesterday saw one such occurrence—an air strike on an underground launch site was aborted due to the discovery of civilians in the area.

Since Wednesday (November 14th) afternoon, the IAF has struck ammunitions warehouses and rocket launch sites used by terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, all in response to the incessant rocket fire directed at Israel. Yesterday, in the early hours of the morning, a squadron of intelligence collecting aircraft took the sky. Through sophisticated observation equipment and cameras the pilots were able to identify a rocket launch, and Air Force aircraft were sent to strike the area. But things didn’t go as planned. “We saw that innocent civilians were approaching the area of the underground launch site,” said Lt. Omer, a source within the intelligence squadron who took part in the operation. “We immediately contacted the forces and instructed them to abort the strike.”

The strike was aborted immediately, thanks to the experience of IDF forces. This is one of many similar stories from Operation Pillar of Defense. It has long been one of the IDF’s top priorities to minimize civilian casualties during IDF operations.

The task is not an easy one, as Hamas has intentionally used the civilian areas of Gaza as staging grounds for their attacks on Israel. Knowing that the IDF wishes to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas places its own civilians in the line of fire in order to hide and protect its own operations. Women and children, victims of the Hamas human shield tactics, usually ignore warning signals to evacuate buildings prior to an IDF strike. The victims remain in the house with Hamas members, knowing ahead of time that the IDF will not target civilians. Many innocent bystanders are killed as a result of Hamas’ abuse of its own civilians. Instead of keeping its citizens out of harm’s way, Hamas encourages and even forces its population to join the violent resistance against Israel.

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6 Responses to “IAF Aborts Air Strikes to Protect Gaza Civilians”

  1. Billy Wells says:

    Evacuate them!

  2. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Do you know of any other army in the world that would abort an attack because of the presence of civilians in the area?

  3. Miriam Driker Karp says:

    let's see this on CNN.

  4. Sue Draude Mann says:

    Frustrating…they aim right for us…we aim for vacant buildings…

  5. Anonymous says:

    When in war, when dealing with people who would murder us without any hesitation in the most brutal of ways, dismembering us and then biting on our entrails, as they did after the Ramallah lynch and also in Gaza; when dealing with people 80% of whom voted for the islamo-nazis of Hamas, IT IS IMMORAL NOT TO DESTROY ENEMY WEAPONS THAT CAN BE IMMEDIATELY USED TO KILL OUR CHILDREN, only to spear enemy lives and because of what the arab-loving gentiles will say.

  6. Alfonso Soued says:

    CNN must also show thia side of the story…….but forget it since this is against their editors line….

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