Israeli pilot refuses to target Palestinians

An Israeli Apache helicopter pilot is refusing to take part in the ongoing onslaught against the civilians in the Gaza Strip. Captain Orr, who has flown dozens of combat missions over Gaza the past few weeks, on January 13 said that he decided to abort missions to avoid killing civilians after seeing children near his…

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An Israeli Apache helicopter pilot is refusing to take part in the ongoing onslaught against the civilians in the Gaza Strip. Captain Orr, who has flown dozens of combat missions over Gaza the past few weeks, on January 13 said that he decided to abort missions to avoid killing civilians after seeing children near his intended targets.

He also expressed sorrow for civilian casualties, the people who were caught up in the bombardment by him and his colleagues, saying that the vast majority of damage and casualties in Gaza were caused by flying attack helicopters and jet fighters.

Since the start of “Operation Cast Lead”, Israeli forces have killed more than 1,310 Palestinians and wounded over 5,600 others – most of whom are women and children.

Captain Orr made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press. He was also accompanied by a military minder in order not to disclose confidential information.

As the civilian casualties in Gaza continues to rise, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on January 14 called for an “immediate and durable ceasefire” in the region.

“I again urge both parties to stop now, to stop the fighting now, there is no time to lose,” Ban said at the start of his Middle East tour aimed at brokering a truce between Hamas and Israel.

The call for ceasefire comes as Tel Aviv continues to attack residential areas across Gaza with unconventional weapons including White phosphorus bombs. White phosphorus, classified as a ‘chemical weapon’ by the US intelligence, is an incendiary material that causes horrific burns, severe injuries or even death when it encounters human skin.