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Text testimonies “It was obvious that if it wasn’t our forces there, we needed to shoot”
catalog number: 659914
Rank: Captain
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014
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“It was obvious that if it wasn’t our forces there, we needed to shoot”
Rank: Captain
Area: Gaza strip
period: 2014

There was an incident in which a soldier manning a post with binoculars spotted a person moving inside a house that was far away – beyond the perimeter of the battalion’s zone. The location meant he was definitely not one of our forces, [it was in the zone where] a company from a neighboring force was deployed. We knew it wasn’t them, so we opened fire. Our sharpshooters fired, and two minutes later we directed the battalion commander in the tank. They missed with the first shell. I don’t know where it hit, it went over the house. They hit with the second and third shells. Was this during the day or night? Day. [We] weren’t being fired at. Why was the fire authorized? Within the context of the unclear, undefined instructions, it was obvious that if it wasn’t our forces there, we needed to shoot. Two minutes later we moved on to the next house and forgot all about it.