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By HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Follow International Law to Avoid Past Failings

(Jerusalem, August 2, 2009) – The Israel Defense Forces have reportedly decided to improve the warnings given to civilians before attacks, but still need to ensure that the warnings are effective and do not allow attacks otherwise prohibited under international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a letter to the Israeli military’s Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Human Rights Watch welcomed the reported announcement that the military will issue new procedures to improve its early warnings to civilians during armed conflict, saying that improved procedures could save lives but reiterating concerns over past practice. (more…)

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By XINHUA

JERUSALEM, July 29 (Xinhua) — Israeli defense establishment has decided to give more accurate details in warnings issued to Palestinians before air strikes in order to help residents of the to-be-hit area to flee, local news service Ynet reported Wednesday.

In hearings held recently on Operation Cast Lead by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) earlier this year in Gaza, military sources, including representatives from the military prosecution’s international law department, agreed that more specific information, such as more accurate timetables for strikes to be carried out and escape routes, should be given, the report said. (more…)

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