The Jerusalem Post:
Faced by allegations of indiscriminately striking targets in Gaza without distinguishing between Hamas officials and civilians, the IDF has decided to publish documentation that proves the contrary.
The IDF repeatedly claims to do everything in its power in order to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza while operating in a complicated reality where Hamas seemingly uses civilians as human shields.
Faced by international criticism and allegations of indiscriminately striking targets in the Gaza Strip without distinguishing between Hamas officials and civilians, the IDF has decided to publish operational documentation that shows that the truth of the matter is that avoiding hurting civilians is in fact an active and daily aspect of IDF operational reality. V
ideo and audio recordings of Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit Sunday show pilots calling off an airstrike after noticing civilians, including children, in the area.
“They are moving too fast, it can’t be children,” the pilot responded. To which the commander responded: “There are probably children here, we are stopping everything.”
The pilot then confirmed, noting that “there is a big one and a few little ones.”
The command control called off the strike as a result, saying, “We won’t continue given the possibility that they are children.” As operation Guardians of the Walls enters its eighth day, and following an estimated 3,150 rockets launched toward Israel since it started, the IDF has carried out many airstrikes against terrorist targets in Gaza, including the comprehensive underground tunnel system that has come to be known as the Hamas “Metro” and targeting numerous high-ranking official in Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).