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  • ‘Insufficient regard for civilian life’


    by Sunny
    3rd July, 2007 at 4:30 pm    

    A Human Rights Watch report finds that: “both Palestinian armed groups and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have shown insufficient regard for civilian life.”

    It adds:

    Palestinian armed groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Brigades, and the Popular Resistance Committees, say the deliberate attacks on civilians with locally made and highly inaccurate rockets, known as Qassams, are reprisals for Israeli actions – but reprisals against civilians are always illegal. A reported reduction by the IDF in the “safety zone” between artillery targets and civilian areas in Gaza, as well as a sharp escalation of shelling in April 2006 following the Hamas political takeover of the Palestinian Authority, led to a jump in civilian casualties.

    From September 2005 to May 2007, Palestinian armed groups fired almost 2,700 locally-made rockets toward Israel. They killed four and injured 75 Israeli civilians. In May 2007, many residents of Sderot, the hardest hit city, left for other parts of the country. Palestinian rockets also caused at least 23 Palestinian casualties when they fell short of the border. (via Pixelisation)

    Also, Bananabrain points me to this Ha’aretz report that Hamas has ‘martyred’ their suicide-bomber encouraging Mickey Mouse! Heh!


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    1. Leon — on 3rd July, 2007 at 4:49 pm  

      From September 2005 to May 2007, Palestinian armed groups fired almost 2,700 locally-made rockets toward Israel. They killed four and injured 75 Israeli civilians. In May 2007, many residents of Sderot, the hardest hit city, left for other parts of the country. Palestinian rockets also caused at least 23 Palestinian casualties when they fell short of the border.

      And the next paragraph is:

      During the same time period, from September 2005 through May 2007, the IDF fired more than 14,600 155mm artillery shells into Gaza. Shells fired close to populated areas killed 59 people and wounded 270, most if not all of them civilians.

    2. Chairwoman — on 3rd July, 2007 at 9:34 pm  

      Sunny - Memri has a clip of ‘Mickey’ being ‘martyred’.

    3. ad — on 3rd July, 2007 at 9:53 pm  

      How many of those 14,600 shells were fired at the locations the rockets were fired from?

    4. Refresh — on 3rd July, 2007 at 10:02 pm  

      How many ad?

      Whilst we are on a lighthearted topic, everytime I see library pictures of those Qassams, I see drainpipes from B&Q.

    5. Tahir — on 5th July, 2007 at 3:01 am  

      Off thread .. Sorry if you;ve guys discussed already but news of Alan J released gives us some hope after all for the region.

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