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|Amnesty faults Hizbullah's 'war crimes'
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Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:10 pm (PST)
Rockets being fired from Lebanon into Israel.
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Sep. 14, 2006 1:10 | Updated Sep. 14, 2006 14:25
Amnesty faults Hizbullah's 'war crimes'
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS AND JPOST.COM STAFF <mailto:email@example.com>
Under criticism for its lack of objectivity, the London-based Amnesty
International announced Wednesday that Hizbullah's firing of thousands
of rockets into Israel amounted to "war crimes."
The findings, which appear in a new 15-page report, come three weeks
after the human rights group issued a previous report which called
Israeli strikes "war crimes," but failed to mention Hizbullah's rocket
"During the recent 34-day war between Hizbullah and Israel in which both
sides committed serious violations of international humanitarian law,
Hizbullah's rocket attacks on northern Israel amounted to deliberate
attacks on civilians and civilian objects, as well as indiscriminate
attacks, both war crimes under international law," the report states.
"Its attacks also violated other rules of international humanitarian
law, including the prohibition on reprisal attacks on the civilian
Hizbullah fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel during the
war, killing 43 civilians, including four who died of heart attacks. The
victims, among them seven children, included Jewish and Arab Israelis.
Throughout the conflict, hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians
remained in the North, many seeking safety in bomb shelters for much of
the time. About a half a million Israelis fled their homes and were
forced to seek refuge elsewhere.
Despite Nasrallah's justification for the attacks - namely, that
Hizbullah was firing rockets in retaliation for Israeli attacks on its
cities - the Amnesty report declared that this in no way absolved the
group of blame for its actions.
"The fact that Israel in its attacks in Lebanon also committed
violations of international humanitarian law amounting to war crimes,
including indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, is not an
acceptable justification for Hizbullah violating the rules of war,
whether as a deterrent or as a means of retaliation or retribution," it
The report called for "a comprehensive, independent and impartial
inquiry to be conducted by the UN into violations of international
humanitarian law by both sides in the conflict,"
It added that "the inquiry should examine in particular the impact of
this conflict on the civilian population, and should be undertaken with
a view to holding individuals responsible for crimes under international
law and ensuring that full reparation is provided to the victims."
Among the facts noted in the report were that "almost a third of
Israel's population... were within range of the rockets launched from
south Lebanon," and that Hizbullah used rocket warheads packed with
metal ball bearings, meant to cause maximum harm.
The report also mentioned the emotional trauma caused to Israeli
children by Hizbullah's constant shelling, citing comments by Oren
Yirmiyahu, coordinator of the youth community centre of Kol Nidrei in
"For young children, under six for instance, the experience was
especially traumatic, as this was the first time they experienced a
massive rocket attack," Yirmiyahu said.
Although they were being professionally treated, he said, "they exhibit
symptoms of anxiety - lack of sleep, sensitivity to noise, and crying
out of fear."
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