Military footage surfaced that seems to contradict earlier claims that Israeli forces kill both terrorists and innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) recently released cockpit footage of a bombing mission that it aborted because children were spotted in the same area Hamas officials had been targeted.
“Fighting a terrorist organization that operates within civilian areas is not easy,” IDF said on Twitter. “Watch as IDF pilots call off a strike because children were there.”
The footage shows aerial images taken from an IDF aircraft and a short conversation between a pilot and his commanding officer.
Command control can be heard, ordering the pilot to check if there are any children in the target area, to which the pilot initially responds he is unsure.
“They are moving too fast, it cannot be children,” the pilot can be heard saying in the video shared on Twitter.
However, the commanding officer still terminates the mission as a precaution.
“We suspect there are children here and we will not continue, given the possibility that they are children,” the commander said. “There are probably children here, we are stopping everything.”
The pilot realizes his error and confirms he can now see what appear to be multiple children in the immediate vicinity.
“That is right, there is a big one and a few little ones,” he said.
Fighting a terrorist organization that operates within civilian areas isn’t easy. Watch as IDF pilots call off a strike because children were there: pic.twitter.com/N8ycwqwgck
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 16, 2021
IDF has conducted several days of airstrikes against terrorist targets in Gaza as part of Operation Guardian of the Walls. According to the Jerusalem Post, military action comes after an estimated 3,150 rockets have been launched against Israel since the war began.
The Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant organizations allegedly store and fire rockets from residential areas. The BL understands this is a deliberate strategy to use Palestinian civilians as a human shield, unnecessarily endangering the safety of many innocent lives.
However, the Israeli government believes it can avoid unnecessary casualties by warning Gazans about imminent attacks.
This requires using various tactics like “roof knocking,” which the paper describes to involve dropping non-explosive devices on buildings to warn people that they are about to be hit by airstrikes and give them time to flee.
In Washington, President Joe Biden recently phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express support for Israel and its right to protect itself from militant aggression on May 17.
“The two leaders discussed progress in Israel’s military operations against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The president reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.”
The Democrat also welcomed recent efforts to “bring calm” to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem and address “inter-communal violence.”
“[Biden] encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians,” Psaki said.
The president also supported introducing a ceasefire and discussed U.S. engagement with Egypt and other partner nations.
“The two leaders agreed that they and their teams would remain in close touch,” the press secretary said.
Biden later phoned Palestinian authorities on the other side of the conflict and tried to reaffirm his commitment to U.S. diplomatic relations with the country.
“[The president] spoke with Palestinian Authority President [Mahmoud] Abbas and conveyed a commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership,” the White House said on Twitter. “They discussed a shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for all faiths and backgrounds.”
The President also spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and conveyed a commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership. They discussed a shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for all faiths and backgrounds.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 15, 2021