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Report: 27 Israeli pilots to refuse missions in West Bank, Gaza


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(CNN) -- Israel's air force chief has received a letter from pilots who are refusing to participate in activities targeting Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, an Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday.

Haaretz said 27 active and retired reserve duty pilots signed the letter to Maj. Gen. Dan Halutz, the Israeli air force chief, and it was reportedly sent Wednesday.

Israel Defense Forces did not have an immediate reaction.

Among those who signed the letter was reserve duty Brig. Gen. Yiftah Spector, a squadron leader during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to Haaretz.

Some of the signatories have previously raised objections to similar operations, the paper said.


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