BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Testimonies from over 60 Israeli soldiers and officers who fought during last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip were released to the public Monday, raising serious concerns over whether Israel’s military adhered to the most basic principles of International Humanitarian Law.
The testimonies — collected by Israeli military watchdog Breaking the Silence — tell accounts of indiscriminate fire in civilian areas, orders to regard every individual inside of Gaza as a “threat,” and the shelling of buildings in revenge without any military objective.
Many soldiers testified that they received orders to “shoot to kill” every person on sight, the group said, while others reported being ordered to shoot from the ground and air in order to”demonstrate presence” in a given area of military activity.
“From the testimonies given by the officers and soldiers, a troubling picture…
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