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      Archive: 12/17/2008

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        12/17/2008, Kislev 20, 5769

      IDF Attorney: Don't Fire on Gaza Cities

      IDF legal adviser Ahaz Benari has warned Defense Minister Ehud Barak against using artillery fire in populated areas. According to Haaretz, Benari said artillery fire is “problematic” when used against rocket-launching terrorists in urban areas, and ruled, “Artillery fire is permissible only in relatively open areas.”

      Benari's response was part of a larger IDF and government effort to determine appropriate responses to rocket fire on the Gaza belt area. Gaza terrorists have fired over 10,000 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli towns over the past eight years.