IDF Releases Recording of Phone Call Warning to Gaza Resident Prior to Striking Terror Target (VIDEO)
The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday released a recording of a phone call made to a Gaza resident on Saturday warning of an impending strike on a terror target in his vicinity.
“Hi, do you speak Hebrew,” an IDF operator asks in the call. “How are you? Is everything okay?”
The IDF needs to target the building that is located close to you,” he continues.”We are doing everything in our power to not hit buildings nearby. We are trying to make sure before we strike the target, that there are no civilians in the vicinity.”
“Make sure and tell everyone. Because in 5 minutes we will strike the target,” he concludes.
The video then shows the Israel Air Force firing a warning shot known as “knocking on the roof” before destroying the building.
The warning call was part of Israel’s ongoing Operation Protective Edge aimed at halting Gaza rocket attacks on Israel that have increased over the past weeks.
Israel prides itself on being careful to avoid civilian casualties during its conflicts and takes numerous steps to do so. Earlier this week a mission was aborted when people ran onto the roof of a building to serve as human shields, another was canceled when children were seen near the target.
A United Nations document published on Wednesday said that in most cases where Palestinians have been killed or injured during Israel’s Gaza campaign, the Israeli army alerted civilians ahead of time who were occupying buildings, that they planned to bomb in Gaza, to leave the premises.
Watch a video of the phone call warning below: