The Israeli Defense Forces displayed a true sense of honor this past weekend while attempting to strike down terrorist Khaled Mansour. The IDF aborted three strikes in order to save the lives of children involved in the close periphery.
The IDF released a video on Twitter showing the aborted attacks against the senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander. The drone-captured videos narrated the extreme lengths the military goes to, in order to avoid civilian casualties.
This challenge is always made difficult because Palestinian terrorists routinely operate near civilian targets such as schools and hospitals, using their own citizens as human shields.
The video shows a view of Mansour’s home, with circles around children playing nearby- thus resulting in officers aborting the mission. “Children were identified in the area so the attack was delayed several times,” a statement from the IDF said. “Later, when the kids were no longer in the area, the attack was successfully carried out.”
The strike was delayed three separate times due to the risk of casualties.
In stark contrast, on Saturday, a rocket launched by Palestinians themselves, hit a Palestinian home in a refugee camp, killing at least seven civilians, including four children. Predictably, the mainstream media blamed the IDF. However, the Israeli military quickly said it has video and radar evidence that proved the blast was caused by a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch.