Barak to Ban, ICRC president: Hamas firing at IDF from near UN facilities

January 15, 2009 14:31

Hamas gunmen are using Palestinians as human shields, and are firing at IDF troops from the vicinity of UN facilities, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Red Cross President Jacob Kellenberger during a meeting in Tel Aviv on Thursday. The defense minister stated that IDF soldiers would continue to return fire in self-defense. Barak added that the IDF would continue to prevent harm to civilians to the best of its ability, and said all necessary humanitarian work of the UN would be facilitated.

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