keep civilians out of hostilities

20 Mar 2011

In light of the recent escalation in violence around the Gaza Strip, and the wounding of civilians in southern Israel and in Gaza by mortar and artillery fire, B'Tselem repeats its demand that all parties to the conflict take all feasible measures to protect civilians from harm.

The laws of war obligate all parties to a conflict to do their utmost to protect the civilian population from its effects. Deliberate targeting of civilians is absolutely prohibited.