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09-25-2003, 01:41 AM
Israeli pilots rebel against strikes

Israel describes its strikes as "targeted killings"
A group of Israeli air force pilots are refusing to carry out strikes against targets in the Palestinian territories.
The declaration by 27 pilots, some of whom regularly carry out combat missions, has been condemned by Israeli military leaders.

Israel frequently launches air strikes designed to kill Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Israeli Government describes the operations as "targeted killings", but Palestinians and human rights groups condemn them as assassinations - and note that innocent civilians are often killed as well.

In their statement, released on Wednesday, the pilots say: "We, veteran and active pilots... are opposed to carrying out the illegal and immoral attack orders of the sort that Israel carries out in the territories."

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