During the operations in Gaza, anyone walking around in the street, shoot at the torso. In an operation in the Philadelphi corridor, anyone walking around at night, shoot at the torso.
How many operations were there?
Daily. In the Philadelphi corridor, every day.
When you’re looking for tunnels, how do they manage to get around—I mean, they live there.
It’s like this: You bring the force up to the third or fourth floor. Another force does the search. They know that when they’re doing the search there’ll be a lot of people trying to harm the forces. Generally it was assumed that they’d try to hurt the forces doing the searches. So they brought the force up, so they’d shoot at anyone in the street.
How much shooting was there?
I’m ready, I’m up on the third floor. I shoot at whoever I see?
But it’s a street in Gaza, the most crowded place in the world.
No, no, I’m talking about the Philadelphi corridor.
It’s a kind of rural area?
Not exactly rural, it’s a road, it’s like suburbs, it’s not like the center. During operations in the Gaza neighborhoods it’s the same thing. Shooting, during night operations—shooting.
Isn’t there any kind of announcement saying, stay indoors?
They actually shot people?
They actually shot at whoever was walking around in the street. It always ended with, “We killed six terrorists today.” Whoever you shot in the street is “a terrorist.”
That’s what they say at the briefings?
The goal is to kill terrorists.
No, what are the rules of engagement?
Whoever’s walking around at night, shoot to kill.
During the day, too?
They dealt with the daytime in the briefings: whoever’s walking around during the day, look for something suspicious. But something suspicious is also . . . a cane.