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Guest post: Israel’s use of law and warnings in Gaza

Dill, Janina (2014) Guest post: Israel’s use of law and warnings in Gaza. Opinio Juris (30 Jul 2014). Website.

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In the ongoing military campaign ‘Protective Edge’ the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) consistently issues warnings before air strikes against targets in Gaza. The population is warned of impending attacks with phone calls, text messages or so called ‘knocks on the roof’ (dropping of non- or low-impact explosives on the intended target). The warnings play a central role in Israel’s claim that, contrary to Palestinian armed groups, namely Hamas; it obeys the strictures of international law. ‘While the IDF goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas deliberately puts civilians in the line of fire, the IDF maintains on its official blog. The First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, the relevant sections of which have the status of customary international law, in Article 57(2) c indeed prescribes that ‘effective advance warning shall be given of attacks which may affect the civilian population, unless circumstances do not permit’.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 11:02
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:28

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