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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Through human shields, the enemy will face problems with opening fire, controlling the civilian population during operations and afterwards, and would serve as an assurance that supply of medical care to civilians who need it will be halted.
Israel has generally chosen the option of refraining from attacking legitimate military targets, but when any human shields are inadvertently killed or injured, Hamas stands ready to cynically parade the dead civilians in front of television cameras, which transmit these gruesome pictures around the world with captions blaming Israel.
The ECCR is using the human shield argument in the defence of several children currently undergoing court hearings related to clashes in Cairo.
The rate of civilian casualties in conflict has steadily increased since World War I, (4) and human shields have become an abundant and effective weapon favored in today's asymmetric conflicts.
Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi surrounded Misrata, the only big rebel stronghold in western Libya, killing at least nine people, cutting off its water and bringing in human shields, residents have said.
The use of civilians as human shields during hostilities has become one of the major problems facing democracies in contemporary armed conflicts.
Saddam detained US citizens as human shields, and he did torture," the official, who did not want to be named, said.
Israeli Report Says Army Used Civilians as Human Shields
The spokesman, however, held the Houthi rebels responsible for blocking the refugees from going to the displaced camps, holding them and using them as human shields as well as planting landmines in the roads to block aid from reaching the affected.
The Amnesty report ignores a critical aspect of Operation Cast Lead - Hamas consistently, deliberately and routinely violated International Law, specifically the prohibition against the use of human shields," the Israeli statement insisted.
While the human shields include some family members and supporters of the rebel fighters, it is obvious that the vast majority are civilians who have been conscripted into the standoff against their free will.
PESHAWAR (PAN): In a bid to prevent people leaving their homes and use women and children as human shields against army troops, Taliban insurgents have planted innumerable landmines and explosives around populated areas of the troubled Swat Valley.