Top IDF officer's promotion delayed over use of human shields

October 18, 2007 19:27

Former Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brig.-Gen. Yair Golan was reprimanded by Chief of General Staff Lt. -Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and his promotion delayed by nine months on Thursday for his involvement in the use of human shields under his command. Golan said that the use of the tactic, despite its flaws, was implemented by his subordinates to help them deal with operational hardships and with the aim of preventing harm to human life. The high-ranking officer took full responsibility for his actions. The Supreme Court banned the use of human shields in 2005 following an outcry over the army's widespread practice of forcing Palestinian civilians to approach fugitives' hideouts.

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