human shield

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One or more people strategically placed by a kidnapper, terrorist, or combatant to protect himself/herself from enemy fire

human shield

Forensic medicine A person used to protect a kidnapper, terrorist, or combatant from gunfire
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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.
The militants' use of human shields has repeatedly slowed Iraqi advances throughout the near-ninemonth offensive to retake the country's second largest city, and Iraqi commanders' frustration was on display as they watched surveillance footage from the front lines.
In recent months Iraqi Security Forces have been gaining territory in the city, causing the more brutal violence from ISIS, including the use of human shields and sniper fire.
Earlier, the using of a youth as human shield by Indian army in Badgam district, last month, had evoked strong condemnation from various quarters.
SRINAGAR -- Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has asked New Delhi to stop bragging about 'Jhamooriyat and Insaniyat' as its Army has crossed all the limits by tying a youth to the front of their vehicle using him as a human shield in central Kashmir's Budgam district on the polling day last Sunday.
Reports of the group fighters taking civilians from their homes and rounding them up to serve as human shields alarmed council members, said Senegal's Deputy Ambassador Georgui Ciss, whose country holds the council presidency.
BAGHDAD / NINA / The secretary general of the Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amiri said, "using civilians residents of Mosul by terrorists as human shields will not deter the popular mobilization forces and the security forces for conquering terrorism.
Summary: Militants have killed scores of people and taken tens of thousands to use as human shields in the Mosul area, the U.
Aleppo, SANA -- Aleppo Governor Hussein Diab affirmed that armed terrorist groups are still preventing the people of the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo from exiting them via the humanitarian passages designated by the Syrian Army and the Russian side, as the terrorists want to use locals as human shields.
They used these civilians as human shields as they withdrew to Jarabulus, thus preventing us from targeting them," Darwish said, referring to one of the few remaining towns near the Turkish border still held by the militant group.
The minors told officials that they not only stayed with Nayeem but also travelled with him, a contingency - to be used as human shields - should he ever be attacked.
A Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher, quoted in a 2009 US embassy report, down-played the repeated allegations by the Hadi regime, accusing the Houthis of using civilians as human shields, by saying that they did not have enough evidence to conclude that the Houthis had been intentionally using civilians as human shields.