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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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Members condemn the use of human shields and call on all parties to take all feasible precautions with a view to avoiding harm to civilians and civilian objects in accordance with international humanitarian law," he said.
BAGHDAD/GENEVA: Militants have killed scores of people and taken tens of thousands to use as human shields in the Mosul area, the U.
For the third day in a row, terrorists are preventing the people of the eastern neighborhoods from leaving them via the aforementioned passages so that they can use the locals as human shields and so that the states supporting and sponsoring these terrorists can exploit the humanitarian issue in the city.
But strangely, when he was shot dead at Millennium Township at Shadnagar, 50km from Hyderabad on Monday he was alone with his driver and there were no human shields, making the story of an encounter more dubious.
Human shields, civilian, urban warfare, social media, principle of distinction, international humanitarian law, Israel, Palestine
The Manual states that "[t]he party that employs human shields in an attempt to shield military objectives from attack assumes responsibility for their injury.
As Bombs Go Silent, Testimonies Mount That Israeli Soldiers Used Gazans as Human Shields Several independent journalists, human rights organizations and the United Nations are accusing Israel of using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
Echoing official Hamas rhetoric, which glorifies civilians used as human shields as "holy warriors" and "martyrs," the manual says that the "presence of civilians are pockets of resistance", in that their presence can contribute to the organization's war effort in three specific ways: (1) Problems with opening fire (2) Problems in controlling the civilian population during operations and afterward (3) Assurance of supplying medical care to civilians who need it
To justify the current onslaught on the Palestinian civilian population of the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials repeatedly assert that Hamas uses civilians as human shields.
Hamas is willfully and deliberately committing a double war crime by targeting Israeli civilians and using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
31 ( ANI ): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly started relocating thousands of prisoners to potential military targets as human shields, amid fears of international community striking the conflict zone.
The appropriate response to human shields is a recurring issue in modern warfare.