Israeli Soldiers, Human Shield Users, Avoid Jail After Using Palestinian Boy, 9

01/21/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem The Guardian

Two Israeli soldiers who used a nine-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield were given suspended sentences and demoted after being convicted of "inappropriate conduct".

The unnamed soldiers, from the Givati Brigade, ordered Majeh Rabah, from the Tel al-Hawa neighbourhood in Gaza City, to check bags for explosives in January 2009, towards the end of Israel's three-week offensive.

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