[quote=“McClaychy”]The Israeli army’s chief prosecutor on Thursday announced an investigation into the killings of Palestinian civilians during Israel’s military incursion into Gaza earlier this year as soldiers’ testimony about the operation triggered a public furor.
The soldiers’ accounts, carried by two major Israeli newspapers on Thursday, cast doubt on repeated statements by the Israel Defense Force that it had taken every effort to spare the lives of civilians during the 23-day operation.
In one instance, an Israeli sharpshooter killed a Palestinian woman and her two children when they inadvertently took a wrong turn after being released from detention in their own home, Haaretz and Maariv reported, quoting a soldier who’d fought in Gaza.
"The platoon commander let the family go, and told them to go to the right. The mother and the two children didn’t understand and went to the left, but they forgot to tell the sharpshooter on the roof that they had let them go . . . " said an infantry squad leader, whom the papers didn’t identify by name or unit in their Thursday editions.
“The sharpshooter saw a woman and children approaching him closer than the lines he was told no one should pass. He shot them straight away.”
Haaretz also quoted another unnamed squad leader as reporting that a company commander had ordered troops to shoot and kill an elderly woman who was walking on a road about 100 yards from a house the company had taken over.
McClatchy’s Dion Nissenbaum reported on Jan. 27 that Israeli troops had killed two young girls who were carrying white flags as they tried to escape their home in Ezbt Abed Rabbo, a Gaza neighborhood overlooking the border with Israel shortly after Israeli ground forces moved in on Jan. 3.
Nissenbaum reported on Feb. 2 that Israeli troops forced a Palestinian at gunpoint to walk through a battle zone to see whether militants targeted by Israel were dead or alive. McClatchy informed the IDF of the allegations contained in its stories prior to publication, and the IDF responded that it was investigating “a variety of allegations.”[/quote]Differs from the investigations in the wake of the war against Lebanon in that then it was the military brass and gov’t in the spotlight, and this time it’s the guys actually doing the fighting.
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