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Flight of innocents urged, prevented

July 21, 2006

I didn’t like this, from The Washington Post:

Using local radio stations and other media, Israel warned the roughly 300,000 Lebanese civilians who live south of the Litani River, which runs about 25 miles north of Israel’s border with Lebanon, to abandon their homes. Israeli officials, meanwhile, indicated that a large ground offensive could follow as rocket fire continued into Israel’s Galilee region, although at a diminished rate.

Legitimate war objectives should not require the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians.

But I liked this even less (from Live from an Israeli Bunker — a brilliant new entry to the warblogosphere):

I’ve also received an independant confirmation from another reader, regarding a previous post: “I can confirm this report also. A Lebanese friend has told me that family members are trapped in a village close to the border and are being prevented from leaving by Hizbollah fighters who are setting up rocket positions around the village. Her uncles’ words were ‘we are waiting for death’. They are terrified of retaliatory Israeli strikes, but can do nothing when threatened by armed guerillas.”

Far less should they involve the forced conscription of civilians as unwilling human shields.

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