Israeli Soldiers Affirm Palestinians' Accusations
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Testimony from Israeli soldiers, as well as human rights groups and U.N. investigators, is bolstering claims made by Palestinian witnesses that the Israeli army needlessly killed and wounded civilians during the recent war in the Gaza Strip.

Some soldiers say they were given incredibly permissive rules of engagement and were urged to see the Gaza attack as a kind of holy war.

And, in a new report, Human Rights Watch alleges that the Israeli army unlawfully used white phosphorous artillery shells over densely populated civilian areas.

(Because of intense interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, NPR makes available free transcripts of its coverage. View the free transcript of this story .)

by Eric Westervelt

Source > | Mar 26

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