15 Jan 2009

Israel denies targeting civilians

8:47 pm on 15 January 2009

The Israeli Defence Force is insisting it doesn't deliberately target Palestinian civilians and has described Palestinian accusations that it does as manipulation.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Forces, Avital Laybovitz, says Israeli soldiers only shoot when threatened.

The United Nations humanitarian affairs chief, John Holmes, has told a Security Council meeting that more should be done to protect civilians.