Of course there were, and every Western military establishment fully understands their dilemma. Israel’s enemy however, tries to ensure that that number (of dead) gets the maximum supply of fodder volunteers possible.
Also, it’s well known that the Arabs use their children in the fighting, and it’s outrageous of the UN to blindly quote Hamas/Fatah figures without question. I’m sure that, proportionally, the allied bombers during WWII killed far more children using conventional gravity bombs than Israel ever has (using precision bombing) in its defensive war against Islamonazis.
Israeli drone pilot admits to making some ‘wrong calls’ when dropping bombs in Gaza, but says: ‘You’ll see no smiling faces where kids are killed’
- Major Yair has ‘learnt to live’ with mistakes made during air attacks in past
- Veteran spy drone commander has served in the last three wars in Gaza
- Staggering 65 per cent of Israel’s military air ops by the unmanned planes
- Of 2,192 Palestinians killed in the last conflict, UN say 519 were children
A spy drone commander from Israel has admitted he had made some ‘wrong calls’ when it came to dropping bombs on targets in Gaza.
Major Yair, one of the country’s most experienced unmanned drones commanders, said he had made mistakes but had ‘learnt to live’ with them.
The 31-year-old has served throughout the last three wars in Gaza and is the mission commander of a remotely-piloted Heron TP drone, which locates targets on the ground and fires at them.
Major Yair, one of Israel’s most experienced spy plane commanders, said he has ‘learnt to live’ with mistakes when dropping bombs. Here, a boy is rushed to the emergency room after an Israeli air assault in Gaza (file)
Men walk through the rubble after Israeli air strike in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza in 2014. Major Yair, who admits to mistakes in assaults in drone attacks, says ‘you have to make life and death calls in seconds’ (file)
Drones are particularly controversial because they are unmanned – and therefore can be used to kill targets without any risk to those who control them.
A staggering 65 per cent of Israel’s military air operations are conducted by drones rather than planes which are manned by military personnel.
He said: ‘You have to make life and death calls in seconds. You spot it – what is it? Shall we take it out or not? You have to develop the mental skills.’