Testimony of israeli IDF SSGT, “everyone is a target”

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“There’s no such thing there as a person who is uninvolved”

testimony catalog number: 132517
rank: Staff Sergeant
unit: Mechanized infantry
area: Deir al-Balah area
period: 2014

The rules of engagement are pretty identical: Anything inside [the Gaza Strip] is a threat, the area has to be ‘sterilized,’ empty of people – and if we don’t see someone waving a white flag, screaming “I give up” or something – then he is a threat and there is authorization to open fire. In the event that we arrest and restrain him, then one strips him to make sure there is no explosive device on him.

To get authorization to open fire, does he need to be armed, or with binoculars?
I think he just needs to be there.

When you say open fire, what does that mean?
Shooting to kill. This is combat in an urban area, we’re in a war…

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