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The Truth Behind Gaza's Death Toll: Innocents Lost in Unmarked 'Kill Zones'

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  • “Haaretz Exposes Harrowing ‘Kill Zones’ Policy Leading to Civilian Deaths in Gaza”
  • “IDF’s ‘Shoot to Kill’ Orders in Gaza’s ‘Kill Zones’ Unveiled by Military Sources”
  • “Innocents at Risk: The Alarming Reality of Gaza’s ‘Kill Zones’ and IDF Protocols”
  • “War Crimes in Gaza: Unarmed Civilians Targeted in IDF’s ‘Kill Zones’, Haaretz Reports”
  • “International Outrage Needed: IDF Soldiers Reveal Orders to Kill Unarmed Gazans”
  • “The Truth Behind Gaza’s Death Toll: Innocents Lost in Unmarked ‘Kill Zones'”

Dear xxxxxx,

I am writing to express my deep frustration and alarm at revelations from senior Israeli officials and IDF soldiers regarding the true nature of casualties in Gaza. It has now been disclosed that of the 9,000 ‘terrorists’ they had claimed to have killed, the majority are innocent civilians who unknowingly stepped into what Israel designates as ‘Kill Zones’. A direct quote from the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, starkly illuminates this grim reality:

“The Israeli army says 9,000 terrorists have been killed since the Gaza war began. Defence officials and soldiers, however, tell Haaretz that these are often civilians whose only crime was to cross an invisible line drawn by the IDF” – Haaretz.

Further disturbing accounts from military sources to Haaretz shed light on a chilling protocol within these so-called ‘Kill Zones’: ‘If we identified someone in our area of operation who was not part of our forces, we were told to shoot to kill,’ a military source disclosed.

“In every combat zone, commanders define such kill zones,” the source explained. “This means clear red lines that no one who is not from the IDF may cross, so that our forces in the area are not hit. As soon as people enter it, mainly adult males, orders are to shoot and kill, even if that person is unarmed.” Another soldier revealed that superiors ordered troops to target suspects with high collateral damage tolerance. 

This directive extended to the point where, “even if a suspect runs into a building with people in it, we should fire at the building and kill the terrorist, even if other people are hurt.” A third military source reflected a lack of engagement rules, noting that soldiers were not expected to account for incidents where Palestinians were killed.

These admissions are supported by weeks of footage showing innocent civilians, at times with children, being shot by snipers as they traversed open areas in Gaza. The footage is harrowing and underscores the gravity of these actions as clear war crimes that demand our unequivocal condemnation and action.

The latest figures from Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor reveal that 41,496 Palestinians have been murdered in Gaza, with at least 37,676 civilians among them, including 15,370 children. The Israeli policy of ‘Kill Zones’ exacerbates these already staggering figures, highlighting a horrifying disregard for civilian life.

I must also remind you that despite the United Nations Security Council’s vote for an immediate ceasefire and the start of hostage returns—a proposition to which Hamas has agreed—Israel refuses to comply. Israel’s non-compliance, despite being on trial for genocide at the highest court in the world and ignoring pleas from its closest allies, underscores its rogue status.

The situation in Gaza is deteriorating daily, with the evidence of genocide becoming ever more irrefutable. I write to you today to ensure that you cannot claim ignorance of these facts. The urgency and severity of these war crimes cannot be overstated, and it is imperative that we act with conviction and clarity in response.

Sanctions are needed NOW, alongside a full arms embargo and permanent change to policies around Israel while it continues to operate what Amnesty International describes as an Apartheid State. 


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