CIVILIANS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CIVILIANS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Report criticizes U.S. over Afghan civilian deaths http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58283981-68/civilian-military-operations-report.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58283981-68/civilian-military-operations-report.html.csp">Report criticizes U.S. over Afghan civilian deaths</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By AMIR SHAH and REBECCA SANTANA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-11T08:01:08.564-06:00">Updated Aug 11, 2014 08:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • The U.S. failed to properly investigate civilian killings, including possible war crimes, which occurred during its military operations in Afghanistan, the international rights group Amnesty International said Monday. NATO said it investigates all credible reports of civilian casualties, without responding to the group’s specific claims. A toughly-worded report by the group focused on 10 incidents between 2009 and 2013 that it said saw 140 civilians killed during U.S. milita...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582839812014-08-11T08:01:08.564-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-11T08:01:08.564-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58283981@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:01:08 MDT Indirect Israel-Hamas talks on Gaza start in Cairo http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58267409-68/israel-hamas-gaza-palestinian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58267409-68/israel-hamas-gaza-palestinian.html.csp">Indirect Israel-Hamas talks on Gaza start in Cairo</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-06T21:34:01.56-06:00">Updated Aug 6, 2014 09:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Cairo • Indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over extending a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and ending a blockade of the battered territory got underway in Cairo on Wednesday, with both sides taking hard-line positions and much jockeying expected ahead. Israel wants the Islamic militant Hamas to disarm, or at least ensure it cannot re-arm, before considering the group’s demand that the territory’s borders be opened. Israel and Egypt imposed a closure after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582674092014-08-06T21:34:01.56-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-06T21:34:01.56-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58267409@www.sltrib.com Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:34:01 MDT U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247873-68/israel-israeli-fire-gaza.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58247873-68/israel-israeli-fire-gaza.html.csp">U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By IAN DEITCH </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and IBRAHIM BARZAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T21:25:03.327-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 09:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Jerusalem • Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement comes hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas’ tunnel network with or without a cease-fire” as the Palestinian death toll soared past 1,400 — surpassing the number killed in Israel’s last major i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582478732014-07-31T21:25:03.327-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-31T21:25:03.327-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58247873@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:25:03 MDT Letter: Hamas targets its own http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232995-82/hamas-civilians-killing-shields.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58232995-82/hamas-civilians-killing-shields.html.csp">Letter: Hamas targets its own</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T16:33:02.225-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 04:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It seems beyond your understanding that Hamas, having no care for human life, believing every Muslim killed by the Jews will go to heaven, is deliberately targeting its own civilian populations by launching missiles from their midst. The U.N., which is “neutral,” blames the Israelis for killing civilians in U.N. houses, and yet admits that it found rockets in two of them. (And who knows about the others?) Every mass killing of civilians is an opportunity for Hamas to display dead children, but ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58232995@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:02 MDT In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58232474-68/gaza-says-israel-power.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58232474-68/gaza-says-israel-power.html.csp">In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KARIN LAUB and IBRAHIM BARZAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T08:38:02.157-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 08:38AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Gaza City, Gaza Strip • Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there’s no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals. The hardship is felt more keenly as Muslims on Monday start observing the Eid el-Fitr holiday, which is meant to be a joyous time of festive meals,...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582324742014-07-28T08:38:02.157-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-28T08:38:02.157-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58232474@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:38:02 MDT Robinson: Israel is losing the moral high ground http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224081-82/hamas-israel-israeli-civilians.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224081-82/hamas-israel-israeli-civilians.html.csp">Robinson: Israel is losing the moral high ground</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eugene Robinson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T11:16:35.99-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 11:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints. As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault began, including dozens of children. On Thursday, a compound housing a United Nations school — crowded with Gaza residents who had fled their homes to seek shelter — was shelled in an incident still under investigation by the Israeli...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224081@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:16:35 MDT Lowry: Hamas’ useful idiots http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224043-82/israel-hamas-gaza-war.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224043-82/israel-hamas-gaza-war.html.csp">Lowry: Hamas’ useful idiots</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Rich Lowry</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The National Review</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T15:18:25.601-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 03:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Sound bites are usally meant to obfuscate as much as clarify. Rarely is one so incisive as the line uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the other day about the difference between Israel and Hamas: “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” This is the ground truth of the latest Gaza War that gets obscured by the relentlessly repeated stark disparity in casualties between the Gazans, hundreds of whom have d...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224043@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:18:25 MDT UN warns all sides that Gaza civilian attacks could be war crimes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58215028-68/gaza-crimes-pillay-war.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58215028-68/gaza-crimes-pillay-war.html.csp">UN warns all sides that Gaza civilian attacks could be war crimes</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T08:55:01.983-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 08:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Geneva • The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday around three-quarters of those killed in the Gaza Strip were civilians and thousands more have been injured. At least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed during the conflict. Among the Palestinian dead, Pillay said there were ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582150282014-07-23T08:55:01.983-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-23T08:55:01.983-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215028@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:01 MDT Letter: U.S. is complicit in Gaza bombing http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198750-82/israel-gaza-civilians-attacks.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198750-82/israel-gaza-civilians-attacks.html.csp">Letter: U.S. is complicit in Gaza bombing</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T08:21:45.413-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 08:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am writing in regards to a recent piece in this publication about Israel’s bombing and invasion of Gaza. U.S. taxpayers fund 20 percent of Israel´s military, providing over $3.1 billion in weapons each year, making U.S. taxpayers deeply complicit in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians. The State Department and Congress could immediately end these attacks by suspending military aid to Israel and brokering a lasting cease-fire agreement and an end to Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Stri...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58198750@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:45 MDT Op-ed: U.S. must embrace its role as Mideast mediator http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195837-82/civilians-gaza-israel-palestinians.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195837-82/civilians-gaza-israel-palestinians.html.csp">Op-ed: U.S. must embrace its role as Mideast mediator</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Takwa Sharif and Shukri Harbi</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T16:27:01.982-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 04:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, President Obama, days before the beginning of Operation Protective Edge (the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict),  suggested that peace is the sole solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, although we, as a nation, recognize the importance of peace, we have not taken our role as potential mediators seriously, especially in the current airstrikes that have taken countless of lives in the Gaza Strip. Gaza is one of the most...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58195837@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:27:01 MDT Krauthammer: Moral clarity in Gaza http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195228-82/israel-gaza-hamas-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58195228-82/israel-gaza-hamas-state.html.csp">Krauthammer: Moral clarity in Gaza</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Charles Krauthammer</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T01:01:03.608-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Rarely does international pol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58195228@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:01:03 MDT 89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58186639-68/killed-afghanistan-kabul-attack.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58186639-68/killed-afghanistan-kabul-attack.html.csp">89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RAHIM FAIEZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T19:27:42.983-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 07:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 89 people in the deadliest insurgent attack on civilians since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The blast destroyed numerous mud-brick shops, flipped cars over and stripped trees of their branches, brutally underscoring the country’s instability as U.S. troops prepare to leave by the end of the year and politicians in Kabul struggle for power ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581866392014-07-15T19:27:42.983-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-15T19:27:42.983-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186639@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:27:42 MDT UN: Afghan civilian death toll up 17 percent http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58164995-68/civilians-killed-percent-afghan.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58164995-68/civilians-killed-percent-afghan.html.csp">UN: Afghan civilian death toll up 17 percent</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RAHIM FAIEZ and MIRWAIS KHAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T08:13:02.527-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 08:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kabul, Afghanistan • Insurgent suicide bombers and gunmen staged a deadly assault on government compounds Wednesday in southern Afghanistan, even as the U.N. warned that such fighting in populated areas was a major cause for a 17 percent uptick in the civilian death toll so far this year. The worrying trend comes as the Taliban and other militants grow bolder with their attacks on Afghan security forces in the fight for control of key routes and other territory ahead of the withdrawal of U.S. an...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581649952014-07-09T08:13:02.527-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-09T08:13:02.527-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58164995@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:13:02 MDT