entity Committing War Crimes: HRW
CAIRO — Human Rights Watch on Thursday, August 3, accused Israel of committing
war crimes and deliberately targeting civilians in its weeks-long war on
neighboring Lebanon, demanding an international commission to probe such
violations and war crimes.
instances, Zionist forces appear to have deliberately targeted civilians,"
said the New York-based rights group in a report posted in its website.
cases, these attacks constitute war crimes," added the 52-page report,
entitled "Fatal Strikes: Israel's Indiscriminate Attacks
Against Civilians in Lebanon."
The international watchdog said
Israel has systematically failed to distinguish between civilians and
cannot be dismissed as mere accidents and cannot be blamed on wrongful Hizbullah
A Zionist inquiry claimed
Thursday that the Qana carnage was a mistake, claiming that Hizbullah was using
Lebanese civilians as human shields.
Up to 900 Lebanese people,
third of whom are children, have been killed since the Zionist entity launched a
wide-scale blitz in Lebanon on the pretext of seeking the release of two
soldiers captured by Hizbullah.
The hard-won infrastructure of
the Arab country has been left in ruins, with the Zionist entity knocking out
Beirut international airport, bombing ports, destroying bridges, setting power
stations ablaze and reducing houses to rubble.
pattern of attacks shows the Israeli military’s disturbing disregard for the
lives of Lebanese civilians," said Kenneth Roth, HRW executive director.
warnings of imminent attacks do not turn civilians into military targets."
The Zionists claims that its
air strikes are meant to destroy Hizbullah infrastructure and stop rocket fire
into northern Zionist entity.
The Zionist military also
alleges that Hizbullah fighters are hiding rockets in civilian areas.
research shows that Israel’s claim that Hizbullah fighters are hiding among
civilians does not explain, let alone justify, Israel’s indiscriminate warfare,"
said the report.
"…none of the
evidence gathered by Human Rights Watch or reported to date by independent media
sources indicate that any of the attacks on vehicles documented in the report
resulted in Hizbollah casualties or the destruction of weapons."
The report is based on
interviews with survivors of Zionist attacks, visits to blast sites, and
information from hospitals, aid groups, Lebanon's government and Israel's
The international rights group
highlighted numerous cases in which the Zionist forces attacked civilian areas
with no apparent military target.
"In one case,
an Israeli air strike on July 13 destroyed the home of a cleric known to have
sympathy for Hizbullah but who was not known to have taken any active part in
strike killed him, his wife, their 10 children and the family’s Sri Lankan
maid," it added.
Zionist forces also attacked a
civilian home in the village of Aitaroun on July 16, killing 11 family members.
them seven Canadian-Lebanese dual nationals who were vacating in the village
when the war began," said the HRW.
victims were children aged one, three, five and seven."
The New York-based rights group
also accused the Zionist entity of targeting Lebanese civilians while fleeing
its bombardment of the south.
thousands of Lebanese have fled their homes, but Israeli forces have fired with
warplanes and artillery on dozens of civilian vehicles, many flying white
have killed and wounded civilians who were fleeing their homes after the
(Israeli army) IDF issued instructions to evacuate."
The international watchdog
called for establishing an international commission to investigate violations
and war crimes in the current conflict.
It also urged the US to
immediately suspend transfer of arms, ammunition, and other materials to Israel
to be used in the war in violation of international humanitarian law.
Washington drew rebuke across
the Arab and Muslim world for shipping arms and leaser-guided bombs to the
Zionist entity to be used during the war.