Thursday, August 24, 2006

Amnesty International Blasts Israel for War Crimes

Yesterday, Amnesty International released a report entitled "Deliberate destruction or 'collateral damage'? Israeli attacks against civilian infrastructure." The report documents Israeli destruction of hospitals, supermarkets, homes, highways, bridges, power stations, ports and numerous other civilian targets in Lebanon. According to Kate Gilmore, Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International:

Israel’s assertion that the attacks on the infrastructure were lawful is manifestly wrong. Many of the violations identified in our report are war crimes, including indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks. The evidence strongly suggests that the extensive destruction of power and water plants, as well as the transport infrastructure vital for food and other humanitarian relief, was deliberate and an integral part of a military strategy.

Amnesty is urging a complete investigation of both Israeli and Hezbollah war crimes by the United Nations.

Watch an Amnesty International video about the destruction of Lebanese civilian infrastructure here.

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