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human shield

n.
1. A person who volunteers or is forced to take up a position at a likely military target as a means of forestalling an enemy attack.
2. A person who is used as a shield by someone in a confrontation with the police in order to prevent capture.
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menschlicher Schutzschild
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Cruz said they are currently investigating the incident and will rescue civilians who were 'abducted or used as human shields by communist terrorists'
ISLAMABAD -- Indian Army is using civilians as human shields during cordon and search operations in Occupied Kashmir.
The interpretations and definition provided by the US Department of Defense (USDOD) in the Law of War Manual in fact absolves the Sri Lanka military of the 'war crime and genocide charges' blaming the non-state actor - the LTTE - in declaring "[i]f the proportionality rule were interpreted to permit the use of human shields to prohibit attacks, such an interpretation would perversely encourage the use of human shields."
The source said the Houthis used civilians in the region on as human shields as the army advanced toward them.
ISLAMABAD:A video showing Indian soldiers forcing four youths to sit before their vehicle as human shields during a cordon and search operation in Samboora village of Pampore, on Monday, went viral on social media in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
"Hamas' use of human shields must stop." it wrote in English.
In this paper, the authors are concerned with the morality of killing human shields. Many moral philosophers seem to believe that knowingly killing human shields necessarily involves intentionally targeting human shields.
The recent riots in Gaza again brought to the fore the problem of human shields, with Hamas now using not a handful of civilians as cover for its murderous attacks on Israel but tens of thousands of unarmed people, there to confound the Israeli soldiers as the terror group's operatives conduct their assaults.
Al Malki said Al Houthi actions are in flagrant defiance of international humanitarian law, as they involve recruiting children, putting them on the battlefield and using them as human shields.
The petition maintained that four civilians Merajuddin Mir, Mohammad Iqbal, Zubair Butt and Mushtaq Ahmed Thokar were made human shields during the cordon and were targeted by the Indian troops.