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January 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Italian Roman Catholic missionaries kidnapped by rebels in Sierra Leone and used as human shields during fighting in the capital, Freetown, have been rescued by the West African intervention force fighting to protect the government, a Vatican envoy said. The intervention force has virtually cleared the city of attacking rebels, and civilians have emerged from their homes after a week of devastating battles to search for food.
May 12, 2002 | HERBERT GOLD, Herbert Gold is a novelist living in San Francisco.
Recently a group of Bay Area "human shields" flew to Israel with the intention of standing between the Israeli and Palestinian forces in order to stop the fighting. One of them is a friend of mine, a longtime pacifist, now outraged that the Israeli authorities shipped the human shields back to San Francisco before they could carry out their mission. They had planned to go to Ramallah and Jenin, wherever the Israeli army was battling Palestinians. My friend believed the Israelis would not have shot them because, as she put it, "It would be bad publicity."
April 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Hundreds who fled intense fighting in Sri Lanka's war zone awaited evacuation from a tiny coastal village as the U.N. reported that nearly 6,500 ethnic Tamil civilians had been killed in the last three months. Speaking to journalists on a rare visit to the edge of the war zone, civilians said Tamil Tiger rebels used them as human shields. Conditions "were terrible as we did not have anything to eat. We thought, it's better to flee," said Rajeshwarai, 40, who gave only her first name.
February 14, 2003 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
You might call him the canine shield. Gustavo, a lumbering Saint Bernard, is a four-footed pioneer -- if not a volunteer -- among this city's incipient human shield movement. Accompanied by 15 humans, Gustavo has arrived in Baghdad from Italy -- where he is owned by a peace-minded elderly couple -- as part of what Canadian peace advocate Roberta Taman asserts is a growing grass-roots movement to raise voices of protest against the war.
November 25, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A group of British women Saturday won the release of relatives held in Iraq as human shields, and President Saddam Hussein promised a Catholic priest that he would free "a large number" of Italians. Iraqi officials said 10 British hostages would leave with their wives as soon as they complete exit visa formalities. Eleven women--10 wives and the daughter of a hostage--arrived in Baghdad last week to seek the release of the men. Greece said 10 hostages will be released today.
August 19, 2006
TIM RUTTEN is right to criticize the media's use of doctored photos of the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes ["Lebanon Photos: Take a Closer Look," Aug. 12] and to wonder why the media are so uncritically publishing some photos that are just too perfect to be true and may well have been staged by photographers intimidated by or sympathetic to Hezbollah. However, when Rutten says that "every Lebanese casualty, tragic as he or she is, was killed or injured as an unavoidable consequence of Israel's pursuit of terrorists who use their own people as human shields," it is a remarkably uncritical moment in an otherwise thoughtful piece.
September 26, 1990
When I read Gen. Michael J. Dugan's comments in my Sunday Times, I said to myself, this guy's got to go ("U.S. War Plan in Iraq: 'Decapitate' Leadership," front page, Sept. 16). Now he's gone (Air Force Chief Fired by Cheney," front page, Sept. 18). It was a foregone conclusion and quite the right action for Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to have taken. Still, Dugan said nothing that was not being thought by many Air Force types, including myself. In fact I had written letters to newspapers advocating immediate air strikes upon Iraqi military, industrial and government control centers before the Iraqi dictator could put American and other "guests" in harm's way to protect his vital installations with "human shields.
April 5, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An Iraqi exile who fled his homeland almost 40 years ago got a $2.4-million deposit in a trust account this week from the confiscated assets of the Iraqi government, one of a number of victims to finally collect judgments from lawsuits filed after the first Gulf War. The payments come after President Bush issued an executive order that took control of $1.7 billion in frozen Iraqi assets. About $302 million of that was set aside to satisfy legal judgments.
March 19, 2003
Re "Israeli Bulldozer Crushes U.S. Activist to Death," March 17: Rachel Corrie's death is tragic, not because of how she died but because a young life was cut short. She stood in front of a house of a terrorist supporter. She fell and was unseen by the bulldozer destroying a house (property). The terrible accident followed. But where are the human shields who should be standing by the markets and bus stops in Israel protecting innocent Israelis who are killed or maimed by the hundreds by Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad?
November 15, 2002 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
An Israeli human rights group asserted Thursday that the Israeli army continues to use unwilling Palestinian civilians as "human shields" during military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, despite having pledged that the practice would stop while the country's highest court weighs the matter.
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