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Israel Court to Army: Protect Palestinian Civilians

Israel’s top court has told the army to safeguard “the lives and dignity” of Palestinian civilians in combat operations, a ruling welcomed on Monday by human-rights groups alarmed by the bloodiest Gaza raid in years. Answering a petition by four rights groups over the army’s sweep into the Rafah refugee camp, the Supreme Court said the military bore prime responsibility for civilians in areas it controlled and laid down specific humanitarian guidelines. “When civilians enter a zone of combat…everything must be done in order to protect the dignity of the local civilian population,” the court said in its ruling, issued on Sunday. The army besieged Rafah for six days earlier this month, killing 42 Palestinians and leaving hundreds of people homeless after militants killed 13 soldiers in a string of ambushes. Full Story

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