Civilian homes were seized for sniper posts by the Israeli army while I was in Hebron, but in at least one case the family was released, rather than held as human shields, and I don't know about the others. The soldiers in Hebron are hardly an admirable bunch (they are, after all, facilitators and protectors of some of the worst abuses, and abusers, in the region), but I have no knowledge that they are using civilians as human shields, and some reason to think that they are not. I apologize for the mistatement; occasionally my emotions get the better of me, and I don't realize that I'm getting careless. Elsewhere, at least in Nablus, using hostage families as human shields remains SOP as recently as February or March.
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