Saturday, Aug. 01
Latest News
  1. Iraqi Kurdistan urges Turkey to halt PKK bombardment
  2. Bin Laden relatives killed in UK plane crash
  3. Five Libyan troops killed, 18 missing after 'IS attack'
  4. 'Qaeda' suicide bombing kills 9 in Yemen
  5. Al-Qaeda in Syria attacks US-trained rebel base
  6. Kerry sets off on Mideast trip to Egypt, Doha
  7. 12 killed in Colombia military plane accident
  8. 'PKK attack' kills 2 police in tense Turkey
  9. Local official: 10 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria village
  10. Tunisia extends state of emergency by 2 months
  11. Erdogan slams claims of Turkey IS cooperation as 'black propaganda'
  12. Trial results: Vaccine offers 100% Ebola protection
  13. Abbas wants ICC to probe arson that killed Palestinian toddler
  14. WikiLeaks: US spied on Japan government, companies
  15. Female suicide bomber blows herself up in NE Nigeria market
  16. Libya's UN envoy to discuss peace plan with rival lawmakers
  17. Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in
  18. Pentagon denies US-trained rebels captured in Syria
  19. Egypt, Saudi sign pact to boost military ties
  20. IMF approves $1.24 bn Iraq emergency lifeline

HRW: Gaza rocket attacks on Israel unlawful

Dec. 24, 2012 12:28 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 25, 2012 9:44 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Palestinian militants violated the laws of war by launching rockets at Israeli cities from the Gaza Strip during last month's fighting, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

The New York-based group also said that militant organizations in the territory, which is ruled by Hamas, put Palestinian civilians in harm's way by firing the rockets from within densely populated areas.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri dismissed the charges: "This report is biased because it equates a nuclear-armed country using all means of aggression against civilians and a people subject to the occupation who are defending themselves against Israeli violations of international accords amid the silence of the international community," he said.

Israel launched an 8-day air offensive on Nov. 14 with the declared aim of ending persistent rocket fire on its territory.

Over 170 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed in the war. HRW said two of the Palestinian dead were apparently hit by rockets that fell short of their intended targets in Israel.

Six Israelis, including two soldiers, were killed in rocket strikes, the Israeli police and military said.

"Palestinian armed groups made clear in their statements that harming civilians was their aim. There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas," HRW said in a report.

It said rocket crews fired from areas "near homes, businesses and a hotel, unnecessarily placing civilians in the vicinity at grave risk from Israeli counter-fire".

As the ruling authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas should "stop unlawful attacks and punish those responsible," HRW said. "The laws of war prohibit reprisal attacks against civilians, regardless of unlawful attacks by the other side", it added.

In reports issued earlier this month, HRW said Israel had targeted journalists and killed 12 members of a single family in a strike on their home, violating the laws of war.

The Israeli military said in response to the HRW allegations that it "acts in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, despite the ongoing deliberate violations and abuse of these laws by the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip".
Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015