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Israeli troops told to fire at anything that moved

08.02.09, 00:57
Israeli troops reveal they had been ordered to "fire at anything that moves"
in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza during the 23-day war.

The order was given to Israeli troops in the Givati Shaked Battalion who
participated in a military operation in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

"We pounded Zeitoun into the ground," an Israeli soldier was quoted by The
Times Online as saying.

After the end of the operation, the eastern suburb of Gaza was almost reduced
to rubbles.

"We knew everything was booby-trapped, we knew that they would try to kidnap
us and if they did that was the end, we were finished ... so we took no
chances. We pounded them with fire; they never had a chance."

Israeli troops entered Zeitoun on January 4 and the neighborhood was
reportedly the scene of shocking war crimes against civilians.

29 members of the Samuni family were killed after Israeli troops forced them
into a building only to be shelled soon after. Twenty-two family members were
killed immediately while the remaining others slowly bled to death in three
days, the report added.

Other families also reported similar incidents, saying that they came under
fire even after they emerged from their homes carrying white flags.

The Givati Shaked battalion is infamous for its brutal treatment of
Palestinians including killing Arab teenagers.

A soldier, who broke Israeli military censorship restrictions to talk to The
Times and did not wish to be named, said, "We had been warned of traps and it
was very tense. We were to shoot first and ask questions later.”

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