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Tue 25 Jun 2024 9:54 am - Jerusalem Time

Washington describes Israeli soldiers' use of a wounded Palestinian as a human shield as "shocking"

The US State Department described it as "shocking" that members of the Israeli army took a wounded Palestinian as a "human shield" during a military operation in the city of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.


During a press conference on Monday, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said: “I watched the video. It was shocking. It is never acceptable to use a person as a human shield.”


Miller stated that the Israeli army must urgently investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable.


On Saturday, a circulating video clip showed members of the Israeli army taking a wounded Palestinian as a human shield during a military operation in Jenin.


In the clip, Israeli military vehicles appear inside a street in Jenin, with traces of blood on the front of one of them, wounded by army bullets, passing between two Palestinian ambulances without allowing the paramedics to reach him.


Eyewitnesses said that the incident occurred in the Jabriyat neighborhood after a house was besieged, suggesting that "the army used the wounded man as a human shield to leave the area without being bombed or having bullets fired at its forces by resistance militants."


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Washington describes Israeli soldiers' use of a wounded Palestinian as a human shield as "shocking"

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