Two Israeli soldiers convicted of using boy as human shield

by Shannon Lee
Two Israeli soldiers were found guilty Sunday for using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield.
The soldiers forced to boy, identified only as Majd R, to check suspected booby-traps during an invasion south of Gaza City on Jan. 15, 2009, reported the BBC.
When the boy was ordered to check bags for explosives, he had trouble opening one and a soldier shot at it, according to the New York Times. The boy was returned to his parents, unharmed but terrified.
The soldiers will be sentenced at a later date, reported the BBC.
Their convictions are the first serious ones in Israels investigations of soldier conduct during the Gaza raid, said the New York Times, though human rights groups said the military's criminal proceeding are inadequate.

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