By Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondent
During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.
The soldiers are graduates of the Yitzhak Rabin pre-military preparatory course at Oranim Academic College in Tivon. Some of their statements made on Feb. 13 will appear Thursday and Friday in Haaretz. Dozens of graduates of the course who took part in the discussion fought in the Gaza operation.
Israeli soldiers say killing of civilians ‘allowed’ – 19 March 09
Israel’s army is accused of war crimes after more than 1,300 Palestinians were killed in the war on Gaza.
In interviews published by a leading Israeli newspaper, Israeli soldiers say killing Palestinian civilians and destroying their homes was allowed in Israels rules of engagement during the war.
Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros reports from Jerusalem.
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Gaza deaths dog Israeli military
Al Jazeera English
Friday, March 20, 2009
01:53 Mecca time, 22:53 GMT
Reports have surfaced in the Israeli media suggesting that Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under what may have been lax rules of engagement during the Gaza offensive.
Quoting Israeli soldiers who fought in the offensive, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday that soldiers had also ransacked and destroyed civilian property.