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16 August 2002

U.S. Comments on Israeli Use of Human Shields

(Taken question from the August 15 State Department briefing) (250)
Following is the official answer to a question taken at the August 15
regular State Department briefing; the answer was posted later in the
day:
(begin text)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
August 15, 2002
QUESTION TAKEN AT AUGUST 15, 2002 DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS: ISRAELI USE OF HUMAN SHIELDS
Question: Do you have any comment regarding the use of human shields
by the Israeli Defense Force? Do you have any specific comment on the
incident in which a young man was killed after being sent by the IDF
to knock on the door of suspected Hamas operatives?
Answer: We extend our condolences to the family of the young man who
lost his life in this incident on Wednesday. We have long maintained
that non-combatants must not be put in harm's way and that all
reasonable steps must be taken to safeguard civilian lives. We have
made these views known to the Israeli government. As I said on
Thursday, we call upon all parties to do their utmost to bring the
violence and terror to an end, so that progress can be made towards
restoration of a political dialogue.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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