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Israel's High Court fails to ban targeted killings

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Israel's High Court fails to ban targeted killings


Israel’s top court has rejected human rights groups’ demands for a blanket ban on the country’s controversial policy of targeted killings. The High Court of Justice ruled against forbidding the military’s tactic of targeting Palestinian armed faction leaders for assassination, saying that it could be justified under international law. But it noted that not every case may comply and said the legality of each operation should be evaluated on an individual basis. Using air strikes or covert commandos, Israel has tracked and killed scores of Palestinian militants. Such missions, which regularly cause civilian casualties, have prompted criticism worldwide.

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