Another pile of horseshit about how advance notice is given before bombing civilian targets.I Hear WIRED is lying too
Israel Calls Gazans Before Bombing
By Noah Shachtman January 02, 2009 | 10:31:01 AMCategories: Info War, Sabras
Nobody likes getting cell phone messages from strange callers. Especially not when the callers say they're about to level your house.
But residents of Gaza say those are exactly the kind of messages they're getting from the Israel Defense Forces.
According to Ha'Aretz, "Palestinians reported that in some cases, the caller leaves a message on their voice mail warning that the IDF will bomb any house where weapons are rockets are found and the owners of the houses will be the ones to suffer the consequences."
Ha'Aretz says the calls are "a new tactic meant to reduce civilian casualties." And that may be one functions of the messages. But it seems to be that the calls also serve as a mighty effective psychological operation -- one that's very much in keeping with Israel's high-tech approach to the information war.
During the 2006 war with Hezbollah, Israelis used text messages to warn residents of incoming rockets. Last week, as the airstrikes against Hamas began, "thousands of Gazans received Arabic-language cell-phone messages from the Israeli military, urging them to leave homes where militants might have stashed weapons," according to the AP.
And the Israelis aren't the only ones trying to use cell phones as a military advantage. Hamas has been sending Hebrew-language text messages to Israelis' phones, warning them that "all cities" will be threatened by the terror group's rocket attacks.
Apparently the IAF only gives these warnings if the building is mixed use; e.g it's also a legimitate apartment building with a HAMAS arms cache in the basement. If it's sole use such as being the central HAMAS HQ for that region, with the HAMAS flag flying outside, it gets blown up with no warning.
Of course the "terrorists" would NEVER flee the premises and take as much gear with them as possible once the inhabitants were warned, now would they?
Considering that the building that the dead guy was in was an arms cache; who cares if they escape with what's on their backs? Carrying out a AK-47 and RPG on you is a lot different than manhandling approximately 1 truckload of rockets out of the basement.
Secondly, the mere act of people fleeing the premises is actually informative in itself. There's approximately 1 billion UAVs in the world now, it's not that hard pick some suspicious characters who leave the building and follow them around without them knowing it, and watch where they go, which buildings they disappear into; and check that against what you know about the area.
As the war in Lebanon showed, the IDF and IAF have a habit of bombing, strafing and shelling civilians who flee their homes. All the while making up fairy tales about how they were warned so blowing up kids is OK.
If that were the case, the women and children ratio would be significantly higher than it is now.