Friday, September 15, 2006

Amnisty International Accuses Hezbollah of War Crimes

While this is quite evident to everyone with a brain, it appears that there are a lot of people lacking brains these days.

Hezbollah attacked civilians purposfully, with the intent to cause death and terror to an innocent population.

Regardless of your feelings on the conflict (who was right and who was wrong), there is no justification for hezbollah's attacks against civilians.

Amnesty accuses Hezbollah of war crimes against Israelis
by Phil Hazlewood
Thu Sep 14, 12:54 PM ET

LONDON (AFP) - The militant Shiite group Hezbollah committed war crimes in its deliberate targeting of civilians in the recent conflict with Israel, according to Amnesty International.

The London-based human rights group said the guerillas fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel, killing 43 civilians, seriously injuring 33 others and forcing hundreds of thousands to take refuge or flee.

About a quarter of all rockets -- some packed with thousands of metal ball bearings -- were fired directly into urban areas, it added in a nine-page document called "Under fire -- Hezbollah's attacks on northern Israel".

It was only because Israeli civilians fled their homes or took shelter in bunkers that a higher death toll was prevented, it said.

"The scale of Hezbollah's attacks on Israeli cities, towns and villages, the indiscriminate nature of the weapons used and statements from the leadership confirming their intent to target civilians make it all too clear that Hezbollah violated the laws of war," said Amnesty's secretary-general Irene Khan.

"The fact that Israel has also committed serious violations in no way justifies violations by Hezbollah. Civilians must not be made to pay the price for unlawful conduct on either side."

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