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Israeli soldier recalls horror of seeing terrorist grabbing woman as human shield

By Mason White 2:14 PM September 22, 2014
Israeli tank leaving Gaza 

By: Hydar Tomar
An Israeli soldier spoke about the moment he witnessed a terrorist grabbing a woman to use as a human shield, the IDF Blog reported.

Sergeant Avi, the commander of the IDF Sniper Squad Paratroopers Brigade, entered Gaza with the purpose of dismantling Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure, including the vast underground tunnel network built to infiltrate and attack Israel.

“My soldiers and I were prepared, both mentally and physically. We knew why we were going in,” said Avi. “The company commander got on the radio and said, ‘pick up your bags’ and we started walking. It didn’t feel real until we passed the security fence. Even though nothing really changed, you could feel something different in the air. As the sun began to rise, we reached our first operational area. We knew that there were two tunnel shafts in the area, and we ended up finding two more – altogether four shafts,” Avi also said.

“On our second day inside Gaza, we moved to a different house. It is not safe to stay in the same place,” Avi continued. “We were taking turns keeping watch, and I decided to join the round so that my soldiers would have more time to rest. I had just finished my shift when I realized that the soldiers were tense. One of them heard a person speaking Arabic outside the house and spotted suspicious movement,” he said.

Realizing that there were people in the area, Avi and his soldiers heightened their awareness. “I joined my soldiers on the roof. After a few minutes, a 40-year-old man walked out of a house nearby, and then I saw that he was holding a woman, using her as a shield. That was the first time I saw with my own eyes someone using another person, a woman, as a shield. I’d seen videos at home, I’d heard about it on the news, and I had believed it, but now, I was seeing it with my own eyes. I can see very clearly that the woman doesn’t want to be there and he’s pulling her with him. Only after he finally let go of the woman could we neutralize him,” Avi concluded.