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Israeli 'knock on the roof' bombing technique caught on film (VIDEO)

Published time: July 12, 2014 13:12
Edited time: July 14, 2014 17:14
A Palestinian man walks amidst the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip July 12, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

A Palestinian man walks amidst the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip July 12, 2014. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

The IDF practice of firing a missile at a civilian home to warn the occupants to leave the building before a larger attack, has been caught on film. Amnesty International has decried “roof knocking,” saying it in no way constitutes an “effective warning.”

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A YouTube video uploaded on Saturday shows how a Palestinian house is struck by a warning shot before being destroyed by a full missile attack.

Prior to the strike the occupants of the building reportedly received a call from the IDF, warning of an imminent attack.

On Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces released a recording of a phone call made to a Gaza resident. The call was made on Saturday, warning of an impending strike.

An IDF operator is heard starting the conversation with, “Hi, do you speak Hebrew? How are you? Is everything okay?” He then proceeds with information that the IDF needs "to target the building that is located close to you."

We are trying to make sure before we strike the target, that there are no civilians in the vicinity.

In five minutes we will strike the target,” he concludes.

Amnesty International has condemned the “knock on the roof” technique in an appeal to the UN to investigate possible violations committed by Hamas and the IDF during Operation Protective Shield.

UN must urgently investigate war crimes in Israeli-Gaza conflict – Amnesty Intl

“There is no way that firing a missile at a civilian home can constitute an effective ‘warning.’ Amnesty International has documented cases of civilians killed or injured by such missiles in previous Israeli military operations on the Gaza Strip,” said Philip Luther Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.

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Over a hundred Palestinians have been killed in the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza and Amnesty documents that at least 24 children and 16 women were among the casualties.

“Swift UN action is needed as lives hang in the balance,” said Luther. “The international community must not repeat previous mistakes, standing by and watching the devastating consequences for civilians of both sides.”

Amnesty has also urged for an embargo on all Israeli and Palestinian military groups in an effort to bring a halt to the conflict.

The Israeli government says that it does not target civilians in its strikes and claims that members of Hamas are using the Palestinian civilian population as a human shield.

Comments (166)

 

HatingtheDollar 20.08.2014 00:30

Once they have pushed Gaza a bit further south, Israel will have safe place for floating gas plants/ Docking Facilities and also be able to begin to siphon the gas and oils from the Leviathan Basin.. Thing is.. Gaza/Hamas may well be the least of the problems as Greece, Cyrpus and turkey also lay claim to that wealth.. Russia stocked up the waters with her Tin Fish to show her interests also.. and now, the Caliphate is calling just to excite the flow a little more.. Nice work is the reshaping of the Mid East as we got to know it under Sykes and Picot.. wonder who will win out in the end? Is a Scrap comin..

 

Berke Beenhouwer 03.08.2014 00:04

So Wanderer 31.07.2014 08:28

PEOPLE of Palestine are fighting for their freedom from Israel. Israel has no right to occupy & opress Palestinians. They have no right to control essential supplies that flow into Palestine. Israel itself has no right as a country to formed over Palestine lands.

  


BU T uncle Sam says it's OK. And so they can continue their attrocities. The world has gone apeshit.

 

So Wanderer 31.07.2014 08:28

PEOPLE of Palestine are fighting for their freedom from Israel. Israel has no right to occupy & opress Palestinians. They have no right to control essential supplies that flow into Palestine. Israel itself has no right as a country to formed over Palestine lands.

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