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B'Tselem: Israel must refrain from 'acts of vengeance'

June 30, 2014 10:34 P.M. (Updated: July 2, 2014 10:53 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli human rights group B'Tselem on Monday called on the Israeli government to refrain from acts of vengeance after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron.

"B'Tselem cautions the security forces to avoid harming the innocent Palestinian population, or abusing the public atmosphere in Israel with the discovery of the bodies, to impose collective punishment, as was done in the past two weeks as part of the searches," the group said.

"The deliberate harming of an entire civilian population as punishment for the actions of individuals is both illegal and immoral."

The group also warned that Israeli security forces must prepare for possible acts of revenge by settlers.

Earlier, the group strongly condemned the abduction and killing of the three Israeli youths, calling the incident a "grave breach of international humanitarian law, and cannot be justified, regardless of the circumstances."

Israeli forces launched a military search campaign in response, arresting hundreds of Palestinians and shooting five dead. Over 100 were also injured throughout the operation.

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