Protective Edge

July 10, 2014 by J-Wire
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Israel’s Embassy in Canberra has issued a statement indicating that operation Protective Edge will take every care to avoid civilian casualties.

The full statement:
Since June 12th Israel has been under attack. Militants from Gaza have launched over 200 rockets across the border into Israel in a deliberate attempt by the Hamas terror organization to escalate violence.
The latest round of rocket fire began the day the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel were abducted and murdered.
We have witnessed kidnap and murder, riots and rockets. This month, the world has watched the nation of Israel be thrown into a microcosm of tumult.
We have been given no respite to mourn the murders of Eyal, Gilad, Naftali and Muhammad Abu Khdeir. Our civilians have found themselves the victims of constant, indiscriminate and relentless attack. Yesterday, terrorists in Gaza launched a myriad of rockets toward Israel. Israeli families have been forced into shelters and schools closed. All normal daily activities have been impacted.
As an act of self-defense, Israel launched operation “Protective Edge,” to counter these incessant attacks. The sole objective is to defend Israeli citizens and secure a life without constant threat.
In carrying out this operation, Israel will operate with the utmost care to avoid civilian casualties and collateral damage, thereby targeting Hamas and other terrorist organizations, their operatives and infrastructure.
Hamas’ deadly assault on the lives of individuals and the lives of innocent citizens must stop. Israel will defend itself and ensure the safety of all its citizens. Israeli citizens have the right to live safely and peace.


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